London attack: American Kurt Cochran, from Utah, killed

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Kurt Cochran and wife Melissa were celebrating a 25th wedding anniversary

An American man has been named as one of the victims of Wednesday’s deadly attack in London,

Kurt Cochran, from Utah, died in the attack and his wife Melissa was seriously hurt, their family has said.

They were celebrating a 25th wedding anniversary and also visiting Melissa’s parents, who work on a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints mission.

They were struck when the attacker drove a car over Westminster Bridge, near the Houses of Parliament.

So-called Islamic State has said it was behind the attack, which left four people dead, including the attacker.

Eight people have so far been arrested.

In a statement released by the church, Clint Payne, Melissa’s brother and Kurt’s brother-in-law, said: “Our family is heartbroken to learn of the death of our brother- and son-in-law, Kurt W Cochran.

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Mrs Cochran (pictured with her husband) has a broken leg, a broken rib, and a cut on her head, said a relative

“Kurt was a good man and a loving husband to our sister and daughter, 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.

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The Cochrans’ family paid tribute to them

“Kurt will be greatly missed, and we ask for privacy as our family mourns and as Melissa recovers from her injuries.”

The church said Melissa’s parents had reached out to them for help in communicating the information.

Melissa Cochran’s sister, Sara Payne-Mcfarland, wrote on Facebook: “My sister, Melissa, has a broken leg, a broken rib, and a cut on her head.

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The attacker targeted pedestrians as he drove a car over Westminster Bridge, near the Houses of Parliament

“While we are glad she survived, our hearts are broken and will never be the same after losing our dear uncle, brother-in-law, father. Kurt, you are a HERO, and we will never forget you.”

The other victims of the attack have been named as police officer Keith Palmer and Aysha Frade, who worked at a London college.

The attacker was British-born and known to the police and intelligence services, Prime Minister Theresa May says, but his name has not been revealed.

London attack: American Kurt Cochran, from Utah, killed

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