Family of American killed in London terror attack tell of 'difficult experience'

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Kurt Cochran, left, was killed in the London attack and his wife, Melissa, was seriously injured.

The family of Kurt Cochran, the United States tourist killed during a terror attack while in London with his wife to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary, spoke on Monday of "a humbling and hard experience".

Cochran's brother-in-law, Clint Payne, called him "an wonderful individual who loved everyone and tried to make the world a better place".

The families of Kurt Cochran and his wife Melissa spoke from London this morning and provided an update to Melissa's recovery and how the family is coping with Kurt's death. The attacker then crashed into a gate near the Palace of Westminster and fatally stabbed a police officer, authorities said.

The third victim in Wednesday's terror attack near the U.K. Parliament is a former Waco resident, WFAA has learned.

A 58-year-old man who was arrested Thursday in Birmingham remains in custody.

"And it meant a lot to us, because he felt more comfortable behind the stage pulling the strings helping other people", Sarah said. Sending all the love to her for a quick recovery.

Mr Cochran was killed on Westminster Bridge along with Aysha Frade and Leslie Rhodes.

"It was so great to see him smiling on stage with us", she said.




Clint Payne, Kurt's brother-in-law, said: "This has been a humbling and hard experience but we have felt the love of so many people during these past several days".

Kurt and Melissa were on their last day of a European trip to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary when the attack happened. "We are deeply saddened to lose him but are grateful that the world is coming to know him".

They also described him as "a loving son, brother and uncle".

Cochran's wife suffered a broken leg and rib and a cut to her head.

Melissa Cochran's brother, Clint Payne, said through a verified GoFundMe account webpage that the couple was among the first hit by a vehicle on the Westminster Bridge.

The family of an American victim expressed gratitude Monday for the kindness of strangers as they insisted some good would come from the tragedy.

Melissa Cochran's father, Dick Payne, was an LDS church leader, Bullock said.

Melissa Cochran's family said they have been through a "difficult and humbling" experience. This has been a humbling and hard experience but we've felt the love of so many people during these past several days. We need your support to keep our talented reporters, editors and photographers holding government accountable, looking out for the public interest, and separating fact from fiction.

Steve Hatch, 46, said he just talked with Kurt Cochran online about how much fun the couple was having on the trip.

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