Publicado: Vie, Setiembre 14, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

First Westminster Terror Attack Victim Died As Big Ben Chimed, Inquest Told

First Westminster Terror Attack Victim Died As Big Ben Chimed, Inquest Told

Dozens more were injured in the March 22, 2017 attack carried out by 52-year-old Khalid Masood, who was shot dead after crashing his auto and rushing onto the Parliament grounds.

LIVES were torn apart "by 82 seconds of high and awful drama" in the Westminster terror attack, an inquest has heard.

The coroner held a minute's silence before hearing testimOnials to the victims, and a colleague of the policeman, Keith Palmer, paid tribute to his courage.

Masood, 52, drove into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in central London, killing Kurt Cochran, 54, an American tourist, Leslie Rhodes, 75, a retired window cleaner, Aysha Frade, 44, and Andreea Cristea, 31, a Romanian tourist.

The proceedings included brief portraits of the victims.

Melissa Cochran, who was reported to have been too upset to pay her tribute in person, said her husband had died trying to save her from the attacker.

'I was so lucky to have had 25 wonderful years with the man of my dreams.

He said: "His courageous actions that day did not surprise me".

She said the best day of his life was when his daughter was born and he went on to become a "proficient nappy changer" as he took to fatherhood.

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Specialist nurse Tanya Henshaw described medics' attempts to save Cochran, saying: "I think it was probably fairly obvious to all of us that Kurt probably was not going to survive".

"No words will bring Kurt back or anyone else who has died senselessly in such cowardly attacks on humanity".

Aysha Frade's husband John told the inquest into her death how the couple met at the gym in 1996, and described how he was immediately struck by her smile. The man tried to pull his girlfriend behind him, tried to shield her from the impact.

"We had two and a half hours in London before the attack".

Mr Cochran acted with "instinctive courage" when he pushed his wife out of the path of the hired Hyundai Tuscon driven by Masood, the court heard.

Images were shown of what happened, with the court warned that they were distressing.

Mrs Frade was hit by the vehicle from behind and thrown into a bus lane, where she was run over by a bus and died from a "catastrophic" head injury.

Gareth Patterson QC, who represents three grieving families, said the images showed Masood was "deliberately targeting pedestrians".

He said it looks like people were being struck like "human bowling pins" and "thrown into the air like rag dolls".

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