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Utah Man Killed In London Westminster Terror Attack

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A Mormon missionary from Utah was among the three people killed in the Wednesday terrorist attack in London.

Kurt Cochran was killed by an unknown terrorist who ran over several people with a car on London’s Westminster bridge. The assailant later stabbed a police officer to death near London’s parliament building before being shot and killed at the scene. Cochran’s wife, Melissa, was also injured in the attack, according to Eric Hawkins, a spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“Our family is heartbroken to learn of the death of our son-in-law, Kurt W. Cochran, who was a victim of Wednesday’s terrorist attack in London. Kurt was a good man and a loving husband to our daughter and sister, Melissa,” said Clinton Payne, Melissa Cochran’s brother and family spokesman, in a statement Thursday morning.

The couple were in Europe celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary, and were scheduled to return home on Thursday. Melissa Cochran’s parents were serving as missionaries in London at the time of the attack.

Payne described Melissa Cochran’s injuries as “serious,” adding that she was currently being treated in the hospital.

“Kurt will be greatly missed, and we ask for privacy as our family mourns and as Melissa recovers from her injuries,” said Payne.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack Thursday. Police have withheld the identity of the perpetrator.

The Wednesday attack mirrored several previous terrorist incidents in Germany, France and Israel in which attackers used vehicles to kill pedestrians.

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