'He was the love of my life': Westminster terror survivor's emotional tribute to killed husband

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Tribute: Westminster terror survivor Melissa Cochran tells of losing her husband in the attack: BBC News

The seriously injured wife of a US tourist killed in the Westminster terror attack has paid an emotional tribute to her husband describing him as the “love of her life”.

Melissa Cochran, 46, suffered a broken leg, broken ribs and cuts to her head after British terrorist Khalid Masood, 52, drove into her and scores of other pedestrians on Westminster Bridge at 76mph.

Her husband Kurt, 54, was killed on the bridge. The couple, from Utah, were in London enjoying the final day of a trip of a lifetime to celebrate their 25th anniversary when they were caught up in the attack.

Speaking after attending a moving memorial service to remember the victims at Westminster Abbey, she told BBC News: “Kurt was probably the best man I have ever met.

Kurt Cochran, of Utah, was killed in the Westminster terror attack, pictured with his wife Melissa.

"He was sweet and kind and I’m extremely proud of him and I’m very happy that the world now knows what a wonderful man he was.”

She added: “He was very generous, very sweet, the love of my life.”

Mrs Cochran said the news of Kurt’s death was broken to her by her parents who had travelled to be with her in hospital after doctors had performed surgery on her broken leg.

Tribute: US tourist Melissa Cochran, whose husband Kurt was killed in the Westminster attack, arrives for a memorial service at Westminster Abbey (AP)

Breaking down in tears, Mrs Cochran said: “It crushed me but fortunately I have a wonderful family and I am able to take their strength and recover. It’s been difficult obviously but Kurt would have wanted me to keep going.”

She added that she did not feel “ill will” towards attacker Masood and that she felt sorry for him that he did not have the qualities and “beautiful heart” of her husband.

Standing tall: Melissa Cochran (Clint Payne via AP)

Mrs Cochran’s progress as she recovers from her injuries has been documented online by her relatives.

In an update shared online on Tuesday night, photos showed Mrs Cochran taking her first steps up a flight of stairs in hospital.

Another photo showed her smiling and waving her crutches in the air as she stood unaided just 12 days on from the atrocity.

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