'Humbling' Experience For Family Of London Attack Victim
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 28, 2017,
Mar 28, 2017, 7:17
Relatives of the American killed in the attack on the U.K. Parliament said Monday that they bear no ill will toward the terrorist.
The couple were struck by the auto driven by Khalid Masood on Westminster Bridge in London last Wednesday.
They had taken hundreds of photos and Kurt had repeatedly told his friends and family he felt like he was home.
Mr Cochran died, while his wife was left with a broken leg and rib and a cut head.
Kurt Cochran and his wife, Melissa, had never traveled outside the USA before and their 25th wedding anniversary was something extra special to celebrate.
Members of the couple's families spoke at a press conference in London on Monday.
"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".
Kurt W. Cochran was one of four victims killed and his wife, Melissa Cochran, was among dozens who were injured, according to a statement issued Thursday by the family through a Mormon church spokesman.
Having arrived in the United Kingdom on March 3, the pair had already visited Scotland, Ireland and Stonehenge before arriving in London.
Shantell Payne, Melissa's sister and one of 13 family members to attend the news conference, said it was "awful, disgusting and gut wrenching" that the attack had been carried out in the name of religion, but that the family would focus on the positive's of Cochran's life.
The family said they were "deeply touched" by the donations, generosity and assistance of government agencies in the United Kingdom and the US.
'He was an unbelievable individual who loved everyone and tried to make the world a better place'.
Meanwhile, the families of the dead and injured set about the hard task of piecing together their lives.
"She's sad that her love was taken away from her", Jenny said, "but grateful the world will know him".
Melissa Cochran is still hospitalized.
"Right now, she is just trying to focus on healing herself and getting to the point where she can be healed and be able to return home", Cochran's sister-in-law Shantell Payne said. The couple ran a recording company, Onion Street Studio, and were regular contributors to Bountiful's Summerfest music festival.
Authorities on Thursday identified a 52-year-old British man as the person who mowed down the Cochrans and other pedestrians and stabbed a policeman to death outside Parliament, saying he had a long criminal record and once was investigated for extremism - but was not now on a terrorism watch list. However, Scotland Yard said it was possible they would "never understand why he did this".