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As family and friends made undisclosed funeral plans for Utah's Kurt Cochran one of four people killed during a vehicular terror attack in London earlier this week that injured scores of others a fundraising campaign for his family quickly soared past its initial $50,000 goal.
By Friday night, the two-day-old Kurt Cochran Memorial Relief Fund had topped $63,000, with more than 1,600 individuals donating anywhere from $5 to more than $1,000.
Cochran's brother-in-law, Clint Payne of Idaho Falls, Idaho, said the money will primarily go to helping Cochran's wife, 46-year-old Melissa Payne Cochran who was seriously injured in the attack with living expenses and loss of income.
The West Bountiful couple were self-employed, having spent the past decade building up Onion Street Studio, a music and rehearsal studio in the basement of their home.
Dealin' in Dirt, an alternative-country band that recorded its first album in Cochran's studio, dedicated its set to Cochran at a benefit concert Friday night at The Acoustic Space, 124 S. 400 West in Salt Lake City.
Jacki Chilton, owner of the venue, remembers Cochran as someone who helped band musicians "believe in themselves" and used his talent to put on great productions.
The "tight-knit" music community wanted to honor Cochran, Chilton said, and hopes playing music he produced might help comfort his family.
"They've been riding with us since day one," guitarist and screamer Kurt Landenberger told the crowd of about 50 people gathered in the low-lit room as the show began.
The Cochrans met the band members two and a half years ago at an open mic show, vocalist and guitarist Evan Mullaly said, and after recording their album, Cochran ran the soundboard for the band at various venues.
Cochran was "motivating and genuinely kind," Mullaly said. He was "passionate about what he did, recognized other people's passions and would combine forces to make your dreams come true."
The band played several songs they'd recorded with Cochran.
Payne, acting as spokesman for both families, reiterated Friday their desire not to be contacted by news media.
The same plea for privacy during their time of mourning was conveyed in a separate statement from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which earlier confirmed the Cochrans were in London on Wednesday to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary, and to visit Melissa's parents, who are missionaries at the London Mormon Temple.
"Dear Media Colleagues, thank you for your kindness toward the Cochran/Payne family and your sensitivity in covering their stories. They have asked me to let you know that they are not interested in media interviews at this time," said church spokesman Eric Hawkins.
He said that the families "would like to focus on caring for Melissa and mourning for Kurt, and therefore will not be holding any press events or conducting interviews of any kind."
Hawkins added that for the time being, the families "are not providing details about Melissa's condition, funeral arrangements for Kurt or family plans."
A memorial is planned at the Bountiful Davis Art Center on Sunday at 4 p.m.
Meanwhile, British authorities continued to look into the motivation behind the attack, in which 52-year-old Kahlid Masood, reportedly a British-born convert to Islam and later extremist jihadist beliefs, plowed into pedestrians as they walked on London's iconic Westminster Bridge on Wednesday.
Masood, born Adrian Russell Ajao and also known under the alias Adrian Elms, struck at least 50 people, killing three, in addition to 54-year-old Kurt Cochran a woman from Spain, a 75-year-old man and a police officer stabbed by Masood before Masood was shot to death by other officers.
On Friday, London police confirmed that nine people had been arrested for questioning as part of their ongoing investigation.