Utah Man Killed in London Terror Attack

Kurt Cochran, 54, was killed; wife Melissa seriously injured
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 23, 2017 12:33 PM CDT
Kurt and Melissa Cochran   (GoFundMe)

(Newser) – Not much was initially revealed about the two civilians killed in Wednesday's terror attack in London, which also ended in the death of a British cop and the attacker being gunned down by police, but now there are a few details on at least one of the deceased: a Utah man celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary with his wife in the British capital. The Salt Lake Tribune identifies the man as 54-year-old Bountiful resident Kurt Cochran, who reportedly plummeted off the Westminster Bridge onto a concrete surface below when the attacker plowed his vehicle into pedestrians. Cochran's wife, Melissa Payne Cochran, is said to be one of the dozens of others who were injured, with a head cut and broken rib, though she's expected to be OK.

In a message on Facebook, Shantell Payne, whom the Tribune says is Cochran's sister-in-law, called the tragedy "heart wrenching and raw" and said it had "rocked our family." She also posted a link to a GoFundMe account to raise money to help Melissa Cochran—who the Tribune says ran a music and rehearsal studio with her husband—pay her bills while she's recuperating. The GoFundMe, which has so far raised more than $13,000 of a $50,000 goal, notes that the couple were spending their last day on a European tour visiting Melissa's parents, who are members of London's Mormon temple. President Trump called Cochran "a great American" in a Thursday morning tweet, sending "prayers and condolences" to the Utah man's loved ones. (The attacker has been identified.)

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