Kurt and Melissa Cochran, a Utah couple celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary with a European vacation, were in London this week visiting Melissa’s parents, who are serving as temple missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
When a man ran a vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge in what is being speculated as a terrorist act, the Cochran’s were among the first injured. Sadly, Kurt died from his injured while Melissa remains in the hospital, critically wounded. According to a GoFundMe account set up by the family, the couple was self-employed, having spent the last decade building a recording studio business from the ground up. They were generous in donating their time to worthy causes, such as donating their recording and sound skills to the Bountiful, Utah, Summerfest celebration.
Clint Payne, Melissa’s brother, issued the following statement on social media:
Our hearts are broken this day as we say good-bye to our dear brother-in-law Kurt. He passed away from the injuries sustained in the London terrorist attack yesterday. We love him so much and will never forget him. My sister, Melissa, sustained a broken leg, broken rib and a cut to her head. We are grateful that she will recover. Our hearts ache for her and their children in losing their loving companion and father. Please continue to pray for our family. Thank you.
“Our heartfelt prayers are with all those affected by today’s tragic attacks in Westminster. We pray that the power of God will bring comfort, healing and peace. May the spirit of goodwill bless the people of the United Kingdom.”
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.