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Undeterred by terrorists, mother and daughter comfort dying British soldier in London

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
May 24th, 2013
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A British mom and her daughter bravely risked their own lives by comforting a soldier left dying in the street "because no man should die alone." Twenty-year-old Gemini Donnelly-Martin along with her mom Amanda Donnelly confronted the suspected killers and asked the attackers if they could be by Drummer Lee Rigby's side.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - While bystanders watched in horror and police waited helplessly for armed officers to arrive, Gemini says that she and her mother were not heroes and had done what anyone else would do.

Amanda's son 22-year-old son Simeon said that his mom and sister acted out of love. "My mother was just driving past and she saw something and wanted to try and help. She just showed a bit of motherly love. She just did what any mother would have done. She felt that could have been me lying down there in the street. She just felt for the poor guy.

"No man should have to die like that in the street with no-one around him. She came home afterwards and she just sat down and had a cup of coffee. But she doesn't want to talk about it. She did what she did and wants to get on with her life again.

Amanda Donnelly has declined to speak to the press. "Of course she is upset; it was a gory thing for anyone to see. But she just wants to get on with things."

Gemini says that she and her mom did what they thought was the right thing. "We did what anyone would do. We just wanted to take care of the man. It wasn't brave. Anyone would have done it. It had to be done. They (the killers) said women could pass.'

"The only thing people need to worry about is that poor man's mum. We are grateful, though, for what people are saying about us.'

Both women shielded Drummer Lee Rigby from further desecration by his savage attackers. Amanda insisted she be allowed to pray for the dead man even when confronted by one of the killers. Cradling Rigby gently, Amanda seemed unfazed by his horrific wounds.

Another bystander who confronted the terrorists, Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, a Cub Scout leader and mother of two asked the attackers to hand over their bloodstained weapons and listened to their hate-filled tirade about wanting to ignite "war in London."

She selflessly tried to draw the men's attention, later saying: 'Better me than a child.'

The 48-year-old Loyau-Kennett denied suggestions she was a hero, saying, "That's too much. I don't think I have done anything really extraordinary. I just talked to a guy."

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