Utah man killed in London attack, wife badly injured
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 04, 2017,
Apr 04, 2017, 6:30
They said the pair had "fallen in love with London" during what was their first trip outside the US.
Cochran was on vacation in London to celebrate his 25th wedding anniversary with his wife, Melissa. Khalid Masood then stabbed police officer Keith Palmer to death outside Parliament.
"This has been a humbling and hard experience, but we've felt the love of so many people during these past several days", the family statement said.
Yet the Utah couple's extended family chose to shift their focus from the tragedy to Kurt's legacy. "Her health is steadily improving and she has been strengthened by the presence of her family". We are grateful that she will recover.
The third victim of the terrorist attack outside Parliament in London on Wednesday has been named by his family as Kurt Cochran, a U.S. tourist who was on a holiday around Europe with his wife for their 25th anniversary.
"I know of musicians who lacked confidence and who weren't sure how they wanted to present their talent, but Kurt encouraged them and got them out into performing, and has just made a huge difference in so many people's lives", Dugal said.
Cochran and his wife, Melissa, had stopped in London during a tour of Europe and were planning to return home Thursday, a family spokesman said.
"That's what is bothering me the most", said Kizerian. "We love our brother, we love what he brought to the world and we feel like this situation is going to bring a lot of good things to the world".
He added: "The most hard part of all this is that Kurt is no longer with us and we miss him terribly". Payne explained that he was an "amazing individual" who "tried to make the world a better place". The couple was visiting Melissa Cochran's parents who were serving a church mission in London.
Mrs Cochran's sister, Shantell Payne, said: "We haven't really talked about what happened with her".
Cochran's 46-year-old wife Melissa was also struck.
Taking questions from reporters, the family said they were trying not to concern themselves with the attacker's motivations and the suggestion he carried out the attack in the name of religion.
In a statement at New Scotland Yard on Monday, Dimmon Payne - Melissa's father - said they had heard the attack was happening but did not know the couple were caught up in it until they saw pictures online. "His whole life was an example of focusing on the positive".
They had been due to fly back to the United States the day after the attack.