Family of United States man killed in London attack "focusing on the positive"
- Author: Zachary Reyes Mar 28, 2017,
Mar 28, 2017, 7:53
Though devastated by the sudden loss, Cochran's family said they are trying to remain positive and remember him for the fantastic man he was. London was their last stop and they were scheduled to return to Utah the next day when they became victims of a terror attack.
It was revealed that Melissa had suffered a leg injury, a cut hand and broken rib in the attack.
Kurt Cochran's family made the comments during a news conference in London today.
"And his whole life was an example of focusing on the positive, not pretending that negative things don't exist but not living our life in the negative and that's what we choose to do also".
Basu said in a statement that the attack in which Masood used an SUV and knives to kill four people in London "appears to be based on low-sophistication, low-tech, low-cost techniques copied from other attacks".
Their first time out of the United States, they had arrived in the United Kingdom on March 3, travelling through Scotland and Ireland before visiting Belgium, Holland and Germany. They were visiting Melissa's parents, who are missionaries with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in London.
Clint Payne, Kurt's brother-in-law, said: "This has been a humbling and hard experience but we have felt the love of so many people during these past several days".
Clint Payne, the brother of US tourist Melissa Cochran, who was injured and whose husband, Kurt Cochran, was killed in Wednesday's London attack, speaks at a podium during a press conference with family members at New Scotland Yard, the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police force, in London, Monday, March 27, 2017.
"For those of us who knew Kurt in life know that Kurt would not bear ill feelings toward anyone, and we can draw strength as a family from that", Payne said.
Mrs Cochran's sister, Shantell Payne, said: "We haven't really talked about what happened with her".
"Kurt was a good man and a loving husband to our sister and daughter, Melissa", the statement said.
Sara Payne-McFarland and her husband, Jason McFarland, recounted the immediate and boundless support Kurt Cochran gave them when they formed a band shortly after they married.
"She's sad that her love was taken away from her", Jenny said, "but grateful the world will know him".
He said Masood was not a "subject of interest" for counterterror police or the intelligence services before last week's attack. She is still being hospitalized.
At least a dozen relatives of the couple were present for the news conference, taking turns to speak passionately about them.
Speaking about the couple's love of the capital, Payne said: "They loved it here and Kurt immediately said that he felt like he was at home, so thank you for being such good people".
The European Union's presidency says people's privacy must be protected following British calls for police access to encrypted messages in case of attacks.