HOUNSLOW mayor Sachin Gupta has sent his condolences to the family of the soldier killed in Woolwich, who was based in Hounslow for two years.
Drummer Lee Rigby, of the Second Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was yesterday named as the man knifed to death in Woolwich in a suspected terror attack on Wednesday.
The 25-year-old father-of-one had spent two years living in the borough, from 2008 to 2010, when the battalion was based at Hounslow Cavalry Barracks.
Mr Gupta today said: "We have a close relationship with our armed forces here in Hounslow and their courage is something the whole nation is proud of.
"We send our condolences to the family, friends and comrades of Drummer Lee Rigby, who was based at Hounslow barracks in 2008. Our thoughts are with them at this very difficult time."
Two men were shot by police after the attack, which is believed to have been religiously motivated, and taken to hospital.
Police have stepped up security around Hounslow Cavalry Barracks in the wake of Mr Rigby's death, which has shocked the world, in a bid to reassure soldiers and members of the public.
Hounslow Council leader Jagdish Sharma said: "Hounslow is a welcoming and diverse borough and we are proud of our excellent record of community cohesion.
"We are unified in our condemnation of the actions of two individuals which led to the death of a brave serviceman in Woolwich. We will continue to stand against all forms of violent extremism."
Mr Rigby was born in Manchester and joined the Army in 2006. He was deployed to Helmand, Afghanistan, in 2009 and has also served as a machine gunner in Cyprus and a guard outside Buckingham Palace.
In 2011, he took up a recruiting post in London, where he also assisted with duties at the regimental headquarters in the Tower of London.
He had a two-year-old son Jack, and in a moving tribute his family described him as a 'lovely' man who took a 'big brother' role with everyone.