Police make another arrest related to London attack
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Mar 28, 2017,
Mar 28, 2017, 3:23
Three people died and dozens were injured when lone attacker Khalid Masood rammed a auto into pedestrians on the bridge, before crashing his vehicle and fatally stabbing an on-duty police officer in the grounds of Parliament.
Kurt Cochran and his wife, Melissa, had never traveled outside the US before and their 25th wedding anniversary was something extra special to celebrate.
Sara McFarland, Mrs Cochran's sister, said: "Last night we were speaking as a family about this and it was deeply unanimous that none of us harbour any ill will or harsh feelings towards this. Not pretending that negative things don't exist, but not living our life in the negative - that's what we choose to do".
Clint Payne agreed, saying, "He was an unbelievable individual who loved everyone and tried to make the world a better place".
Speaking during a press conference at New Scotland Yard, a few hundred yards from where their daughter was hurt, her parents, Dimmon and Sandra Payne, said they would travel back to the United States with her when she is well enough to go home.
"I have no comment on the attacker or the reasons he may have done what he did". Melissa remains in hospital where she is recovering from a cut to the head, a broken rib and badly injured leg. Cochran's legacy, they said, should be one of generosity and service.
The family said they had been "overwhelmed by the love and support" shown for them and for PC Palmer and they praised the support from the police. Three other people also were killed, including a police officer who the driver stabbed to death after getting out of the vehicle.
"... [W] e got online and looked and realized that that was our loved ones and so that's how we found out", Melissa's father, Dimmon Payne, said.
She added: "Right now, she is trying to focus on healing herself". They had been scheduled to return to the U.S. on the Thursday, the day after the attack took place.
Immediately after the attack, a photo emerged of Melissa laying on the ground, bloodied, but with strength in her eyes.
He was born Adrian Russell Ajao but also used the name Adrian Elms, police said Friday.
The couple had been visiting Mrs Cochran's parents, who were serving as missionaries in the London Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, when they were caught up in the attack. I said, 'Hey, I heard this terrorist report in the news, I'm just curious - do you guys know what's going on?
"He could go in and help people, open up their hearts and share what was so precious to them because he was such a safe place to go", she said.