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Family of USA man killed in London attack "focusing on the positive"

Dozens of women held hands on Westminster Bridge to remember victims of the London terror attack Family of USA man killed in London attack "focusing on the positive"
Stacy Diaz | 28 March, 2017, 03:20

British police said on Monday they had found no evidence that Khalid Masood, who killed four people in an attack on Britain's parliament last Wednesday, had any association with Islamic State (ISIS) or Al Qaeda, but he was clearly interested in jihad.

Mr Cochran was one of three pedestrians killed in the attack - mother-of-two Aysha Frade, 43, who worked at a college near Westminster Bridge, and retired window cleaner Leslie Rhodes, 75, also died, while on-duty policeman PC Keith Palmer, 48, was fatally stabbed by Masood, who was then shot dead by police.

Cochran, from Utah, was on the last day of a European trip celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary when he was killed on Westminster Bridge. "Not pretending that negative things don't exist but not living our life in the negative - that's what we choose to do".

Clint Payne agreed, saying, "He was an awesome individual who loved everyone and tried to make the world a better place".

"It was unanimous that none of us harbor any ill-will or harsh feelings", said Sarah, Melissa's sister.

"It infuriates me that he died by a terrorist attack", he said.

It was revealed that Melissa had suffered a leg injury, a cut hand and broken rib in the attack. Cochran's legacy, they said, should be one of generosity and service. "We'd like to focus on that". They were walking across Westminster Bridge when the speeding auto struck them on the sidewalk. They were visiting Melissa's parents who are serving as missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Mr Basu said: "We still believe that Masood acted alone on the day and there is no information or intelligence to suggest there are further attacks planned".

Flanked by 12 members of the couple's family, Dimmon Payne, Mrs Cochran's father, said the family had heard about the attack happening but did not know their loved ones were caught up in it until they saw photos online.

Speaking at Scotland Yard, just a few hundred yards from the devastating attack, Mrs Cochran's sister-in-law, Shantell Payne, said it was "awful, horrible, (and) gut-wrenching" that the attack was carried out in the name of religion.

"We can draw strength as a family from that".

THE family of a U.S. tourist mowed down on Westminster Bridge as he celebrated his wedding anniversary said they have been through a "humbling and hard experience", but have "felt the love of so many people".

Reading a column he wrote that was published Sunday in the Standard-Examiner, Winward said Cochran had a passion for music and sounds.