Cochran, 54, and
his wife, Melissa, were in Europe to celebrate their 25th
wedding anniversary and had been due to return to the United
States the day after the attack took place last Wednesday.
He was killed when a British man, Khalid Masood, plowed down
pedestrians as he sped along Westminster Bridge before fatally
stabbing an unarmed policeman at the parliament building.
"We know that Kurt wouldn't bear ill feelings toward anyone and
we can draw strength as a family from that," said family
spokesman Clint Payne at a news conference.
"His whole life was an example of focusing on the positive. Not
pretending that negative things don't exist but not living our
life in the negative - that's what we choose to do."
Payne said the family had been through a humbling and difficult
experience but had "felt the love of so many people."
Three others were also killed in the assault and around 50
people were injured, making it Britain's deadliest attack since
the 2005 London underground bombings. Masood was shot dead.
Cochran's wife suffered a broken leg and rib and a cut to her
The couple were visiting Melissa Cochran's parents, who are
missionaries in London for the Salt Lake City-based Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), also known as the
Mormon church, LDS spokesman Eric Hawkins said in an email.
Kurt Cochran's most recent photo uploads on his Facebook page
depicted scenes from their vacation in Europe, including one of
him smiling while holding a large glass of Belgian beer.
(Reporting by Kate Holton; editing by Stephen Addison)
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