Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

5/24/2013 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Daughter says they are not heroes; they just did what they normally would do

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.

Twenty-year-old Gemini Donnelly-Martin (circled) along with her mom Amanda Donnelly confronted the suspected killers and asked the attackers if they could be by Drummer Lee Rigby's side.

Twenty-year-old Gemini Donnelly-Martin (circled) along with her mom Amanda Donnelly confronted the suspected killers and asked the attackers if they could be by Drummer Lee Rigby's side.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/24/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Europe

Keywords: London, attack, mother, daughter, Drummer Rigsby


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."

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2015 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for February 2016
Universal:
That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives of dignity.
Evangelization: That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community.



Comments


More Europe

'If Allah wills it': Algerian man nearly kills then rapes 25-year-old German student Watch

Image of The young woman (not pictured) was sprayed with pepper spray and beaten before being brutally raped in an alley (Wallpaperup).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The 37-year-old Algerian man, identified only as Rheda, was accused of following 25-year-old "Lara," as she walked home from a nightclub at 5 a.m. in Hannover, Germany. He beat her into submission, raped her while shouting "if Allah wills it," then asked if she enjoyed ... continue reading


Pope Francis in hot water? Pontiff receives angry call from German Chancellor Angela Merkel Watch

Image of Pope Francis's remark about Europe and barren women causes Merkel to respond ( L'Osservatore Romano/Getty Images Europe).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

In 2014, Pope Francis delivered an address to European Parliament, in which he spoke of Europe's lack of connection among its people. He claimed the loneliness in the country led to an aging impression, like a grandmother who is no longer fertile. Now, two years later, ... continue reading


SCARY POLL: One in four Germans favors shooting illegal immigrants at borders Watch

Image of A political storm brewed last week after Alternative for Germany - or AFD party leader Frauke Petry [not pictured] advocated the right of border police to gun down migrants.

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Growing weary of accommodating refugees from such trouble spots as Syria and Iraq, the German people have expressed a rather shocking sentiment in a recent poll. According to the survey - one in four Germans favors shooting illegal immigrants at their nation's ... continue reading


Seven suspects arrested in Spain for smuggling weapons to ISIS - disguised as humanitarian aid Watch

Image of Eighty-two suspects have been arrested in connection with suspected terrorist activities in Spain since the beginning of 2015.

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Seven people have been arrested in Spain and North Africa on suspicion of supplying bomb-making equipment to Islamic State leaders in Syria and Iraq - under the phony pretense of sending humanitarian aid. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Six men were arrested ... continue reading


REVEALED: Pope Pius XII's secret efforts to overthrow Hitler Watch

Image of In the late 1990s, debate over whether Pius XII did enough to counter the Nazis reached a high point with the publication of the deeply controversial book,

By Kevin J. Jones, CNA/EWTN News

Pope Pius XII's secret support for the attempted overthrow of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler is the subject of a new book that draws on wartime documents and interviews with the American intelligence agent who wrote them. Washington D.C. (CNA/EWTN News) - "This ... continue reading


Germany cannot take in 'all the world's needy,' Catholic Church says Watch

Image of The anti-Islamic group Periga has encouraged fellow Europeans to join them in marches for

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Charity has limits, church officials in Germany say. Taking in the majority of the world's Syrian refugees, representatives from the Catholic Church now say that resources are being stretched to the limits, and new refugees must be controlled. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Remains of St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, St. Leopold Mandic arrive in Rome for Jubilee of Mercy Watch

Image of The relics of the two saints were welcomed to St. Lawrence with a large celebration and procession into the basilica (CNS/Reuters).

By Elise Harris, CNA/EWTN News

The partially incorrupt body of Padre Pio has arrived to Rome for the first time ever alongside that of another friar, St. Leopold Mandic, as a special initiative for the Jubilee of Mercy. Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News) - Urns containing the relics of Saint Padre ... continue reading


Seeking reconciliation, Pope Francis, and Russian Orthodox leader to meet in Cuba - for first time, ever Watch

Image of The meeting comes after years and decades of previous outreach efforts, which has prevented papal visits to Russia (AFP).

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

In the hopes of repairing a schism within Christianity, that dates back as far as the 11th Century, Pope Francis will meet with the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church in Cuba. The two branches have been estranged because of disagreements over papal authority - as ... continue reading


Woman takes toddler to join ISIS Watch

Image of Tareena Shakil took her toddler to Syria to join ISIS (PA).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Twenty-six-year-old Tareena Shakil told her family she would be vacationing in Turkey with her 14-month-old son. The next time her family heard from her, Shakil and her son were in Syria - and had joined the terrorist organization ISIS. LOS ANGELES, CA (California ... continue reading


Evidence of the Yeti? Footprints in Himalayan snow said to be of abominable snowman Watch

Image of Among the most elusive of all crypto-zoological creatures, the Abominable Snowman has had several eyewitness accounts. Some Russian fans here pose with an elaborate mock-up of the snowy creature (Lenta).

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The abominable snowman, or Yeti, remains one of the world's most elusive crypto-zoological figures. There have been many eyewitness reports of the hairy giant throughout the mountain ranges of the Himalayas for many years. A British man, on vacation in Bhutan, ... continue reading


All Europe News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Isaiah 58:1-9
1 Shout for all you are worth, do not hold back, raise your voice like a ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 51:3-4, 5-6, 18-19
3 For I am well aware of my offences, my sin is constantly in ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 9:14-15
14 Then John's disciples came to him and said, 'Why is it that we and the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for February 12th, 2016 Image

St. Buonfiglio Monaldo
February 12: He was one of seven Florentines who had joined ... Read More