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Thursday, March 23, 2017

One American Killed In London And HIs Wife Was Hurt Badly



Utah man killed in London attack, 

wife badly injured


By Gina Cherelus | NEW YORK
A Utah man was killed and his wife badly injured during Wednesday's attack
near Britain's Parliament in London, relatives of the couple said on Thursday.
Kurt Cochran, 54, and his wife, Melissa, were in Europe to celebrate
 their 25th wedding anniversary and had been due to return to the
United States on Thursday, according to his brother-in-law, Clinton Payne.
The couple were struck by a sports utility vehicle that plowed into
 pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, Payne said in a statement.
Three people were killed in the attack, including Kurt Cochran and
 a policeman who was stabbed to death. Cochran's wife was among
about 40 others who were injured.
The killer, named on Thursday as British-born Khalid Masood, was
 shot to death by police.
Cochran's wife was hospitalized for treatment after suffering a broken
 leg and rib, and a cut to her head, Payne said. She was expected to recover.
"Our hearts ache for her and their children in losing their loving
companion and father," Payne said.
It was not immediately clear how many children the couple had.
U.S. President Donald Trump expressed his condolences.
"A great American, Kurt Cochran, was killed in the London terror
attack," Trump wrote on Twitter. "My prayers and condolences are
 with his family and friends."
The Cochrans were self-employed and had built up a recording
 studio business over the last 10 years, according to a GoFundMe page
 created by the family to help pay for Melissa Cochran's treatment.
 They lived in Bountiful, a city about 10 miles (16 km) north of Salt Lake City.
The Cochrans were well known in the area for donating their recording
 and audio skills to local school productions, "other worthy causes"
and their hometown's Summerfest arts and music festival, Payne
 wrote on the GoFundMe page.
Emma Dugal, executive director of the Bountiful
 Davis Art Center, which hosts the annual
celebration, described Kurt Cochran as a "sincere
 and loving friend" and said he had helped out
with the Summerfest for at least seven years.
"We are still in shock," Dugal said in a phone
 interview. "He really got this soundstage off
the ground and provided opportunities for local
 artist to perform. Some of them have gone on
 to have recording careers."
The couple were visiting Melissa Cochran's parents, who are missionaries
 in London for the Salt Lake City-based Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints (LDS), also known as the Mormon church, LDS
 spokesman Eric Hawkins said in an email.
Kurt Cochran's most recent photo uploads on his Facebook page
depicted scenes from their vacation in Europe, including one of him
smiling while holding a large glass of Belgian beer.
"This pain is so heart-wrenching and raw, it has rocked our family,"
another relative, Shantell Payne, wrote on Facebook. "We will miss
 Kurt beyond words."
(Editing by Daniel Wallis and Bernadette Baum)