Family of London attack victim: She's 'getting stronger'

Kurt Cochran and Melissa Cochran

Kurt Cochran and Melissa Cochran

Smiling even though she is battered, bruised and standing on a shattered leg, this is the first picture of the American widow since her husband was murdered in the London terror attack.

One image shows her stood on crutches in a hospital gown with her injured leg in a metal splint, captioned "getting stronger every day".

In the other she is shown smiling in bed while taking a selfie surrounded by her family and friends.

Kurt Cochran, from Utah, was killed while walking on Westminster Bridge as a auto mowed down pedestrians.

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The couple, from Utah in the U.S., were sightseeing on the last day of a trip around Europe to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary.

Police have named Khalid Masood (51) as the man behind the attack, but say that they may never understand why he did what he did.

Mrs Cochran's brother Clint Payne said on the family's GoFundMe page: 'Her health is steadily improving and she has been strengthened by the presence of her family. It's been a tender experience for our family to be together with Melissa here.

Mr Payne said his sister was "so grateful and overwhelmed with your generosity and outpouring of love" and thanked nearly 2,000 donors for their kind words and support. The couple, from Utah, had been in London to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary.

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The Bountiful memorial concert will be live-streamed to London so Melissa Cochran can see the support from the local arts community.

Mrs Cochran was hit by Khalid Masood's auto.

Kurt and Melissa P. Cochran.

Kent-born Masood, who lived in Birmingham, earlier mounted the kerb twice in a Hyundai vehicle as he sped across Westminster Bridge.

Mr Cochran died from multiple injuries at the bridge scene. Masood was shot moments after the attack and later died.

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A number of people have been arrested in the wake of the attack.

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