Family of Westminster attack victim Leslie Rhodes say they wanted killer Khalid Masood to 'suffer'

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Killed in Westminster attack: Retired window cleaner Leslie Rhodes: Metropolitan Police

The family of a retired window cleaner killed in the Westminster terror attack said they wanted his attacker to live so that he could suffer.

Leslie Rhodes, 75, was one of four people who died after the attack carried out by Khalid Masood on March 22.

The former window cleaner, from Clapham in south London, was critically injured as killer Masood ploughed a Hyundai Tucson into dozens of pedestrians on Westminster at 70mph during his rampage.

Mr Rhodes died the next day in hospital when his life support machine was switched off.

Medics treat the injured on Westminster Bridge at the terror attack (Alex Lentati)

Mr Rhodes, who was travelling home from a hospital appointment at the time of the attack, was described as "lovely", by his niece Amanda Rhodes.

She said her uncle was an “angel” and had acted as a father when her own dad died.

In an interview with Sky News, she said of Masood: "I think he should have suffered, the way that all the families now are suffering, through this one man deciding to do what he did. Sick, individual man.

Floral tributes outside Parliament (REUTERS)

She added: "Pity he got shot. Should have let him suffer. Maybe one of us should have got in a car and run him down."

American tourist Kurt Cochran, 54, and Aysha Frade, 44, also died when the Muslim convert drove at pedestrians on Westminster Bridge.

The 52-year-old attacker was shot dead by armed police after fatally stabbing Pc Keith Palmer, 48, in the Palace of Westminster's cobbled forecourt.

A multi-faith Service of Hope is due to be held at Westminster Abbey on Wednesday, two weeks after the attack.

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