Utah man killed, wife hurt as couple celebrated anniversary
Couple were on last day of trip; soccer team honors police o∞cer
london» Four people were killed and at least 30 injured in the attack in Westminster. They were a cosmopolitan snapshot of one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities. Here’s what’s known about the victims:
• Kurt W. Cochran, from the United States, was on the last day of a trip celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary when he was killed, according to the Mormon church his parents-in-law work for. His wife, Melissa, was seriously injured. She remains hospitalized. The church said Thursday the Utah couple was visiting the woman’s parents, who are Mormon missionaries in London.
In a tweet, President Donald Trump called Cochran “a great American” and said, “My prayers and condolences are with his family and friends.”
• Police Officer Keith Palmer, 48, was on duty protecting Parliament when he was stabbed to death.
He had been a member of the parliamentary and diplomatic protection forces for 15 years and was a soldier in the Royal Artillery before that.
Honoring Palmer, Prime Minister Theresa May said he was “a husband, a father . ... He was every inch a hero.
Charlton Athletic Football Club said Palmer was a loyal and longtime fan of the team and “a familiar face” at its London stadium. As a tribute, the club placed one of its red-and-white scarves on his seat in the East Stand where he sat “for many years.” It said the scarf will stay there until April 4, the date of the team’s next home game.
• Aysha Frade, a British citizen whose mother is Spanish, was one of two people killed on the bridge.
In the northwestern Spanish town of Betanzos, where her mother was born and her two sisters run an English-language school, the mayor said: “The whole town is shocked.”
Although Frade, 43, was born and lived in London, she spent weeks every summer in Betanzos visiting relatives, said Ramon Garcia Vazquez, mayor of the town of 13,000 people in Spain’s Galicia region. “The family of Aysha was very well known in the village and loved by everybody here,” he told The Associated Press.
• A 75-year-old victim has not been identified.
Kurt Cochran was killed in Wednesday’s London terror attack, and wife, Melissa, was seriously injured. The couple’s home is in a middle-class neighborhood with small, older homes arranged on both sides of a quiet road in a bedroom community just outside Salt Lake City. AFP/Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints