Westminster attack: US victim was celebrating 25th wedding anniversary

Kurt Cochran, from Utah, who was in London with his wife to celebrate their anniversary, is named as third victim

An American on holiday in London with his wife to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary has been named as the third victim of the Westminster attack.

Relatives of Kurt Cochran, from Utah, announced his death in a statement posted on Facebook.

It read: ”Our family is heartbroken to learn of the death of our son-in-law, Kurt W Cochran, who was a victim of Wednesday’s terrorist attack in London.

“Kurt was a good man and a loving husband to our daughter and sister, Melissa. They were in Europe to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary, and were scheduled to return to the United States on Thursday.

“Melissa also received serious injuries in the attack and is being cared for in the hospital. We express our gratitude to the emergency and medical personnel who have cared for them and ask for your prayers on behalf of Melissa and our family. Kurt will be greatly missed, and we ask for privacy as our family mourns and as Melissa recovers from her injuries.”

Shantell Payne, his sister-in-law, said: “This pain is so heartwrenching and raw it has rocked our family and all that knew him to its core. We will miss Kurt beyond words. We love you Kurt. RIP.”

She said her sister, Melissa Payne Cochran, was in hospital with a broken leg, rib and a cut to her head, but would recover.

“Sending all the love to her for a quick recovery,” Shantell Payne said. Other friends said the couple were the first to be injured on Westminster Bridge during the terror assault.

“These are two hardworking beautiful people. I hope the people that did this are brought to justice,” said Nate Kizerian on Facebook.

The couple ran a recording studio in Utah and were on a tour of Europe together. The US embassy confirmed that US citizens had been caught up in the attack.

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Source By https://www.theguardian.com

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