Farewell to a hero

TRIBUTES kept pouring onto a social networking site where friends and family bid their final farewells to a hero shot dead in Afghanistan. Martin Kinggett not only left behind his family but also a large circle of friends and admirers who posted their mes

TRIBUTES kept pouring onto a social networking site where friends and family bid their final farewells to a hero shot dead in Afghanistan.

Martin Kinggett not only left behind his family but also a large circle of friends and admirers who posted their messages of respect on the internet.

The Facebook group R.I.P. Martin Kinggett x had 135 members on Monday (March 1) - days after the teenage Rifleman was shot dead on foot in patrol while providing covering fire for an injured colleague.

Dawn Kinggett wrote: "R.I.P Martin. You were so brave, a true hero, missed by many and never to be forgotten, god bless."

Another member, Robyn Houston, wrote: "My husband thought so much of you, I know you will be greatly missed.

"You will live on in the hearts and minds of your loved ones and your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Rest in peace now sweetheart."

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Mel Rubin wrote: "You are so brave for doing what you did.

"It takes a lot of balls to do that, to know you'd at least get seriously hurt or die.

"You're seriously a hero and I have so much respect for you.

"I only met you a few times, but I feel so privileged as to have met such a hero.

"My thoughts go out to everyone affected, especially his family. Sleep sweetly Martin."

On the memorial website, GoneTooSoon, his cousin Kelly Inns wrote: "With love to our hero Martin. RIP darling you're now with the angels.

"Will miss you lots. Always in our hearts. Kelly, Jason, Jemma & Billy."

Another cousin, Sarah Griffiths, wrote: "Brave as a lion. A nation's hero. Martin Kingett rest in peace babes, love Sarah, Guy, Ellie-Louise and Amber.

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