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West Bountiful • On the final day of their dream, 25th wedding anniversary trip to Europe, Kurt and Melissa Cochran's idyllic stroll across London's Westminster Bridge ended in terror.
A man later described as an ISIS-inspired, British-born terrorist plowed through scores of pedestrians before crashing into a gate outside the Parliament Building.
Kurt Cochran, 54, of West Bountiful, was propelled off the bridge by the car, landing on a concrete pad below the bridge. He died a short time later at a London hospital. Also killed was a woman from Spain, a 75-year-old man and a London police officer.
British authorities say 52-year-old Kahlid Masood, who exited the ruined car and fatally stabbed the lawman, was shot to death by other officers. More than three dozen others, including Cochran's wife, Melissa Payne Cochran, were injured.
She suffered a broken leg and rib and head laceration, but was expected to recover, family sources confirmed on Thursday the same day the couple had planned to fly back to Utah.
Learning of the American's death, President Donald Trump tweeted: "A great American, Kurt Cochran, was killed in the London terror attack. My prayers and condolences are with his family and friends."
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said his family is "praying for the full recovery of Melissa and for all those who were injured and their families. As we mourn with the rest of the world, we ask for peace and comfort for those who were harmed in this terrible attack."
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, added: "Elaine and I offer our most sincere condolences to the Cochrans and stand ready to help them in any way we can. Our prayers are with the victims, their family, friends and loved ones."
U.S. Rep. Mia Love and Rep. Chris Stewart, both R-Utah, also offered condolences, with Stewart calling the attack "unfortunately another reminder that across the world, we are facing huge challenges."
Love called attack "vicious" and intolerable and said Utahns "are united in grief and loss."
Numerous arrests were made following the incident as British authorities investigated. Masood was said to be an English native and recent resident of the city of Birmingham, long known to police for his ties to Islamic extremist groups.
The terrorist group ISIS, meanwhile, claimed responsibility for the attack on Thursday, calling the perpetrator "a soldier of the Islamic State."
Mourning friends said the Cochrans, who were self-employed, ran Onion Street Studio in West Bountiful, a music and rehearsal studio in the basement of their home.
Next-door neighbor Kevin Stevenson had visited the studio to record music with Kurt Cochran, whom he described as a passionate musician with an "infectious" laugh. Stevenson remembers Kurt Cochran referring to his wife as his "soulmate."
The "very outgoing" couple moved in about seven years ago, Stevenson said, and Kurt Cochran would do the sound for community events.
Another neighbor, Rick George, said the Cochrans were the first neighbors he and his wife met when they moved in. The Cochrans had loaned George a snow shovel and invited his family into their home when their heat wasn't working.
Others remembered the couple as avid music fans and frequent concert goers. George said he viewed Kurt Cochran as someone who enjoyed giving people a voice through a wide variety of musical styles. The man would frequently post Facebook videos of musicians in the studio, he said.
Other neighbors, like Olga Echeverria, remembered the sweet manner with which Melissa Cochran would greet children from the neighborhood.
George said he was glad to hear Melissa Cochran's parents were in Europe so she has support there.
The neighborhood is "shocked" that these "sweet" people were victims in the London attack, Echeverria said.
In a posting on her Facebook account, Shantell Payne confirmed Thursday morning that her brother-in-law "could not overcome the injuries he received in the London terror attacks.
"This pain is so heart wrenching and raw it has rocked our family and all that knew him to its core. We will miss Kurt beyond words. We love you Kurt. RIP," she wrote.
As part of their 2½-week wedding anniversary trip to Europe this month, the Cochrans also visited her parents, who are serving as missionaries to the LDS Church's London Temple. The couple had planned to return to Utah on Thursday.
Church spokesman Eric Hawkins, noting the family had asked not to be contacted by reporters, did not further identify the parents.
He did, however, release a statement on behalf of the family that read in part:
"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. Kurt will be greatly missed, and we ask for privacy as our family mourns and as Melissa recovers from her injuries."
West Bountiful Police Chief Todd Hixon said the city is committed to providing support to Cochran's family in whatever way it can.
A GoFundMe site has been set up to aid the Cochran family at https://www.gofundme.com/melissaandkurt.
Twitter: @remims More reactions to Cochran tragedy:
"We, at the Bountiful Davis Art Center, would like to take just a moment of your time to recognize two of our incredible Summerfest Committee members. Kurt and Melissa Cochran have run the Onion Street Sound Stage without fail or complaint during their years of service. We could not have run this event without their help.
Kurt was killed in the London terror attack. Melissa is currently in the hospital receiving treatment for her injuries.
Kurt was an amazing individual to work with. He was very easy going and made us all laugh. We will miss you.
Melissa, we hope you heal well from your injuries. We cannot imagine your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts."
The Staff at BDAC
"Kurt and Melissa own Onion Street Recording Studio [and] provided services for Utah Pacific Island Heritage Month, Hats Off for Health events amongst other Pacific Island Community Events often pro bono...
"Kurt is an amazing community partner and friend. He was looking forward to doing the remodeling of our [Kearns] Community Space to include a recording studio. He will be missed, but we look forward to keeping Kurts' memory alive with his beautiful wife, Melissa."
Susi Feltch-Malohifo'ou, Executive Director at Pacific Island Knowledge 2 Action Resources
"Today my thoughts and prayers are with the city of London and all those affected by the senseless terror attack at Westminster Bridge. Two Utah residents were among the victims of this tragedy. We express our condolences to the Cochran family for the loss of Kirk and hope for a speedy recovery for Melissa. Utah and the United Kingdom share many connections, one of which is a close trade relationship... Though distance may separate the U.K. and Utah, we are united in our efforts to promote peace and prosperity through trade."
World Trade Center Utah President and CEO Derek B. Miller