As more details emerge about the deadly terror attack in London on Wednesday (March 22), the name of one of the victims has emerged. Kurt Cochran, 54, owner of Onion Street Studio in Bountiful, Utah, was among the four people killed in the attack by Khalid Masood, who ran down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before crashing his car into a gate outside of parliament.
Cochran's wife, Melissa, was seriously injured in the attack and remains hospitalized, according to reports. The couple were in England celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary and visiting Melissa's parents, who are on a mission with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
A great American, Kurt Cochran, was killed in the London terror attack. My prayers and condolences are with his family and friends.
- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2017
In a statement released by the Church Kurt's brother-in-law, Clint Payne, said the family was "heartbroken" by the attack, which left Melissa with a broken leg and rib and cuts on her head, according to the BBC.
"Kurt was a good man and a loving husband to our sister and daughter, Melissa," read the statement. "They were in Europe to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary, and were scheduled to return to the United States on Thursday. Melissa also received serious injuries in the attack, and is being cared for in the hospital. 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."
Cochran was an engineer, producer, mixer and editor at the studio and it seems clear from the way Cochran invited people to visit his Onion Street Studio that his heart was as open as his spirit. "We're a revolutionary recording studio in Utah opening our doors to anyone who makes a sound wave," reads Onion Street's home page. "Whether you speak it, sing it, or play it, you're welcome here... Our goal is to help you discover your talents as you record them. When you listen to yourself through our headphones, we guarantee a smile or your money back. This is FUN! ANYONE can do this!"
Steve Hatch, of Bountiful acoustic duo Black Winged Birds told Billboard that recording at Cochran's studio was one of the pleasures of his life. "It was a beautiful home studio in their basement... totally high tech with everything you could want -- guitars, amps, keyboards, drums -- and they were just extremely down-to-earth, fun kind of people, not like a lot of the people you would work with in the music industry who are kind of clinical and don't give a s--t your'e there," he said.
Hatch described Cochran as "just a really mellow, really smart" person who had a great ear for the kind of acoustic music he's been recording lately. "He didn't come across with that holier than thou attitude. He's the kind of dude you'd go out and party with who was always laughing and smiling. Right off the bat I felt welcomed and within a day of knowing him I felt like I'd known them forever." Some days Hatch would go down into the studio just to talk music with Cochran and share recent discoveries. They'd work their way through the huge album, tape and CD collection in the couple's basement, which was well-stocked with Cochran's beloved 1980s rock from the likes of Judas Priest.
In fact, Hatch's duo had just finished tracking four songs a month ago and he'd been Facebook messaging with Cochran last week about coming in to finish four more, as well as getting updates on the couple's travels to their ancestral Scottish/Irish homelands. "He just had this ear... and now it's not going to happen," said Hatch quietly. "It sucks. As a couple you could tell how genuinely in love they were. They were totally into each other... man, it sucks."
A GoFundMe memorial relief fund page has been set up to help Melissa with her injuries, explaining: "Melissa & Kurt are self-employed, having built a recording studio business from the ground up over the last 10 years. During that time they donated their recording and sound skills to the Summerfest celebration in Bountiful, Utah, to local school productions, and many other worthy causes. Melissa needs funds to help cover her regular monthly expenses and loss of income. This fund is administered by her brother who is the family spokesman in this tragedy." Nearly 400 people had donated close to $15,000 of the $50,000 goal at press time.
The Islamic State claimed credit for the attack on Thursday morning (March 23).
Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch also offered his condolences, saying in a statement: "My office has reached out to the Cochran family to offer support. 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."