The widow of American tourist Kurt Cochran has said she feels “no hate in my heart” after her husband was killed by the terrorist Khalid Masood during the Westminster terror attack.
After being joined by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry at a memorial service for families and survivors, Melissa Cochran, who was also injured during the attack, described how the pair had been enjoying a “wonderful day” moments before Masood struck.
Mrs Cochran, who attended the Service of Hope at Westminster Abbey in a wheelchair, said her husband had been the “love of my life” as she described the moments leading up to his death.
The couple, from Utah, had been visiting London in order to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary, but were moved down as they attempted to cross Westminster Bridge on Wednesday 22 March.
"Kurt was probably the best man I've ever met,” she told the BBC. “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."
Recalling the moment she discovered Kurt, 54, had been killed, Mrs Cochran said felt “crushed”, adding: "We just were having another wonderful day on our vacation and just enjoying the sites, taking pictures, making our way to the Abbey.
“I don't remember much more after that so crossing the bridge, we were almost there."
Five people, including terrorist Masood, were killed and dozens of others injured in the atrocity, which unfolded in less than two minutes.
Mr Cochran was among four other victims killed by the Muslim convert, who also murdered retired window cleaner Leslie Rhodes, 75, mother and teacher Aysha Frade, 44, and the police officer PC Keith Palmer.
Despite the enormity of her loss and the serious injuries she sustained, including a broken leg, rib and a gash to the head, Mrs Cochran said she felt no “hate” after the incident.
"I don't think I could heal my injuries or as a person if I had hate in my heart and Kurt wouldn't want that either so there is no hate,” she added.
Mrs Cochran’s comments came as the Dean of Westminster, the Very Rev John Hall, told the congregation of 1,800 people : "We are all affected by the attack a fortnight ago on Westminster Bridge and at the gates of the Palace of Westminster, and we are all left bewildered and disturbed.
"But our sense of loss and diminishment is paled by comparison with that of the families of those who died: Aysha Frade, Kurt Cochran and Leslie Rhodes on the bridge, and Police Constable Keith Palmer on duty at the gates of Parliament, and all those who were injured.
"Our hearts go out to them in sympathy and prayer and love."