The investigation begins in the death of five assassinated in the terrorist attack of Westminster

Kurt Cochran, was on vacation with his wife Melissa, in the picture together. She said at a research hearing today that her last action was to save her life

An American tourist whose husband died in the Westminster terrorist attack after saving his life paid tribute to his "hero".

Four members of the public and police PC Keith Palmer died on March 22 last year when the Muslim convert Khalid Masood launched his attack in the shadow of Big Ben.

Masood, 52, ran over pedestrians on the Westminster Bridge and killed American tourist Kurt Cochran, 54, Leslie Rhodes, retired window cleaner, 75, Aysha Frade, 44, and Andreea Cristea , 31, Romanian.

Mr. Cochran's wife, Melissa, today paid tribute to her husband "hero", who died saving his life when he pushed her out of the way of Masood's vehicle.

In a statement read in court by Mr. Cochran's sister-in-law, Angela Stoll, his wife said: "He was my best friend, my husband and my everything.

"I will always be grateful for the time we spent together, allowing me to be the mother of their children and especially their heroic actions on that day, saving my life."

Kurt Cochran, was on vacation with his wife Melissa, in the picture together. She said at a research hearing today that her last action was to save her life

Kurt Cochran, was on vacation with his wife Melissa, in the picture together. She said at a research hearing today that her last action was to save her life

The police outside Parliament keep the terrorist Khalid Masood on the ground after his terrorist attack in March last year. Investigations on the deaths of their victims take place today

The police outside Parliament keep the terrorist Khalid Masood on the ground after his terrorist attack in March last year. Investigations on the deaths of their victims take place today

The police outside Parliament keep the terrorist Khalid Masood on the ground after his terrorist attack in March last year. Investigations on the deaths of their victims take place today

Leading coroner Mark Lucraft QC today opens investigations into the deaths of the victims

Leading coroner Mark Lucraft QC today opens investigations into the deaths of the victims

Masood killed five in his 82-second brouhaha over the Westminster Bridge in March of last year. Leading coroner Mark Lucraft QC today opens investigations into the deaths of the victims

Opening today the investigation into the death of the victims, Brigadier Colonel Mark Lucraft, QC, said: "The lives of many were shattered by 82 seconds of terrible and high drama."

The coroner warned that some of the video sequences shown in evidence will be "graphic and shocking." He then asked the court to observe a minute of silence for those who died.

Each grieving family made a touching "portrait of the pen" of their loved one in the investigation.

PC Palmer's sister said she had joined the police to make a difference and that she loved her role as custodian of the Westminster Palaces.

Chief Inspector Neil Sawyer said: "His courageous actions that day did not surprise me, Keith never retired from a job protecting people."

Aysha Frade's husband, John, said in the investigation that "he lived and breathed for his daughters," and struck "between tender attention and discipline."

He said that his wife, whose smile was like the sun "coming out from behind a cloud", had been "cruelly and brutally ripped off". of the family.

Detective superintendent John Crossley told the coroner how each of the victims was fatally wounded.

PC Keith Palmer was stabbed to death while rushing to attack Masood

PC Keith Palmer was stabbed to death while rushing to attack Masood

Aysha Frade was one of the four dead pedestrians on the Westminster Bridge

Aysha Frade was one of the four dead pedestrians on the Westminster Bridge

PC Keith Palmer died stabbed while rushing to attack Masood. Aysha Frade was one of the four dead pedestrians on the Westminster Bridge

The Romanian tourist Andreea Cristea also died when Masood drove a rental car along the pavement of the Westminster Bridge.

The Romanian tourist Andreea Cristea also died when Masood drove a rental car along the pavement of the Westminster Bridge.

The retired window cleaner Leslie Rhodes also died when Masood drove a rented car along the pavement of the Westminster Bridge.

The retired window cleaner Leslie Rhodes also died when Masood drove a rented car along the pavement of the Westminster Bridge.

Romanian tourist Andreea Cristea (left) and retired window cleaner Leslie Rhodes (right) also died when Masood drove a rental car along the pavement of Westminster Bridge.

Masood rode on the sidewalk at 14:40:08 and in 30 seconds hit the four civilian victims and crashed into the railings at the perimeter gates of the Palace of Westminster.

Cochran acted with "instinctive courage" when he pulled his wife off the road of the rented Hyundai Tuscon driven by Masood, the court heard. He was thrown into the air and fatally wounded, dying on the scene.

Mr. Rhodes was dragged 33 meters under the car, and was taken to Kings College Hospital, but never regained consciousness. He died the next day of head injuries.

Ms. Frade was hit by the car and thrown into a bus lane, where she was hit by a bus and died of a "catastrophic" head injury.

They showed images of what happened, with the court warned that they were distressing.

Miss Cristea was thrown from the Westminster Bridge, falling 12.5 meters into the Thames. She was in the water for almost nine minutes before it was recovered.

Masood drove along the pavement of the Westminster Bridge before running towards Parliament grounds

The investigation heard that the Romanian tourist, who had been walking on the bridge with his boyfriend Andrei Burnaz to the London Eye, received an "intensive and complex" treatment in the hospitals of Royal London and St Bartholomew, but never regained consciousness and died on April 6 when his life support was disconnected.

His cause of death was multiple organ failure, head injuries and immersion.

After cutting pedestrians, Masood got out of his car and was involved in a violent struggle with PC Palmer, who stumbled and fell backwards.

PC Palmer was stabbed, but managed to escape when Masood was distracted by two other officers.

He ran a short distance, but collapsed, and despite receiving first aid from the public, the police and the treatment of paramedics and air ambulance crews, died on the scene.

Masood was challenged by a closed protection officer, who shot him three times when he did not drop the two knives in his hands.

The coroner will examine Masood's background, the police record and the fact that in 2009 and 2010 he appeared briefly in the MI5 investigations.

Masood's rented 4x4 ended up crashing into a door of Parliament. He ran and stabbed PC Keith Palmer to death

Masood's rented 4x4 ended up crashing into a door of Parliament. He ran and stabbed PC Keith Palmer to death

Masood's rented 4×4 ended up crashing into a door of Parliament. He ran and stabbed PC Keith Palmer to death

The security around the Palace of Westminster and the protection of PC Palmer's body armor is also a problem.

The video tests will include images of Masood as he prepares to rent a car, buy knives and conduct reconnaissance while preparing for the attack.

Several experts will be summoned to provide evidence on the accident, the body armor of the police and the use of anabolic steroids by Masood.

A psychologist has also been asked to prepare a "psychological autopsy" on Masood to see how he came to resolve his violent intentions.

The hearings, which will last for up to five weeks, will be followed by a separate jury investigation for Masood.

Dead mother on the bridge "lived and breathed" by her daughters

Aysha Frade's husband said that she had been "cruelly and brutally torn from us"

A mother of two children killed in the Westminster terrorist attack while walking from work to pick up her children had a smile that was like the sun rising from behind a cloud.

Aysha Frade's husband, John, recounted the investigation of his death about how the couple met in the gym in 1996, and described how he was immediately surprised by his smile.

He said that Aysha was "relaxed, fun, laughing and smiling", and she valued her family and close friends.

She loved her job as a PA in a school and was a devoted mother of her two daughters, she listened to Old Bailey.

Frade said the couple had plans for a big white wedding in 2006, but the idea was shelved when she became pregnant with her first daughter in 2005.

Eager to get married before giving birth, the couple "grabbed two strangers from the street" to be witnesses and were married in a ceremony of 10 minutes.

The investigation heard that Frade "lived and breathed for her daughters," and her husband was amazed by the balance he had "between tender care and discipline."

He told the court that she was a loving daughter with her elderly mother whom she visited every day.

Mr. Frade continued: "The truth is that he still does not feel that he has left, his love surrounds us, his aura illuminates the paths of the journey of life".

He said that his wife had been "cruelly and brutally torn from us".

Her sister Michelle also read an emotionally charged statement at the hearing.

She said: "People can not understand how this despicable act of futile atrocity has impacted not only the lives of their families but also on themselves. He will never be able to smile again, watch his daughters grow up.

Mrs. Grade had said she was worried about the risk of a terrorist attack when her work moved near Westminster.

Her sister continued: "Aysha and all the other victims of this tragedy are people and not just statistics or a name that will be forgotten once this investigation is over."

Retired window cleaner was killed on his way back from the hospital

Leslie Rhodes, portrayed in a younger life, loved cricket, grew vegetables and music, her family said

Leslie Rhodes, portrayed in a younger life, loved cricket, grew vegetables and music, her family said

Leslie Rhodes, portrayed in a younger life, loved cricket, grew vegetables and music, her family said

A retired window cleaner caught in the Westminster terrorist attack was "placid, quiet and kind," according to his research.

Pensioner Leslie Rhodes, 75, was returning from an appointment at the nearby St. Thomas hospital when she was killed.

His niece Amanda Rhodes told how the family was "devastated" I'm incredibly angry & # 39; upon hearing of his death.

She told how Mr. Rhodes was born in Battersea, southwest of London, as the youngest of three children.

& # 39; Everyone loved it. I would do anything to help anyone who needs it, "he said.

He loved his job as a window cleaner and stopped and enjoyed tea with his clients before his retirement.

Ms. Rhodes said she had a very private life and, despite her advanced age, continued to climb stairs and ride her bicycle, enjoy cricket, grow tomatoes and listen to music.

His favorite song from Queen – These Are The Days Of Our Lives – was played at his funeral, he said at the hearing.

In a statement read at the Old Bailey, he said: "You will be greatly missed by all of your family and friends who loved you … May you rest in eternal peace. & # 39;

Wife pays homage to her husband hero who died saving his life

Mr. Cochran was described as a "rock star" and "hero" by his family

Mr. Cochran was described as a "rock star" and "hero" by his family

Mr. Cochran was described as a "rock star" and "hero" by his family

The widow of the American tourist Kurt Cochran, 54, paid tribute to his "hero", who died saving his life.

Cochran and his wife Melissa crossed the Westminster Bridge when both were hit by the rented car driven by Khalid Masood, 52 years old.

In an investigation into his death, Mr. Cochran was described as a "rock star" and a "hero" by those who knew him, since images of him appeared on two giant screens.

He left behind a "legacy of love and compassion" and spread the joy to everyone he met, Old Bailey heard.

Mrs. Cochran was too upset to pay tribute to her late husband in person.

Her sister Angela Stoll read a statement on her behalf about what would have been the day after Mr. Cochran's 56th birthday.

"He was my best friend, my husband and my everything," he said.

"I was lucky to have had 25 wonderful years with the man of my dreams, he made me laugh every day, I appreciate every memory we made.

"I will always be grateful for the time we spent together, allowing me to be the mother of their children and especially their heroic actions on that day, saving my life."

Kurt Cochran and his wife Melissa. She said: & # 39; He was my best friend, my husband and my everything & # 39;

Kurt Cochran and his wife Melissa. She said: & # 39; He was my best friend, my husband and my everything & # 39;

Kurt Cochran and his wife Melissa. She said: & # 39; He was my best friend, my husband and my everything & # 39;

She described her husband as "my inspiration, my rock star, and especially my hero," and added: "We want everyone to have Kurt's love and compassion for others."

"No word will return Kurt or anyone else who has died senseless in those cowardly attacks on humanity."

Ms. Stoll told how Mr. Cochran grew up in the sixties and seventies when he developed a "deep love for all music" and played the guitar from a young age, wanting to be a rock star.

He never fulfilled his dream, but nurtured musical talent through his recording studio, he said, and the family performed a concert instead of a traditional funeral after his death.

"We love you Kurt, more than the moon and the stars," Mrs. Stoll said through tears.

Romanian tourists expected 2017 to be "the best year of my life"

A Romanian tourist killed in the Westminster attack had written that he expected 2017 to be the best year of his life.

Andreea Cristea, 31, died of her injuries after being thrown into the Thames when she crossed the Westminster Bridge with her boyfriend, Andrei Burnaz, on March 22 last year.

His family, some of whom followed the procedures of the British Embassy in Bucharest, paid tribute to Mrs. Cristea on what would have been her 33rd birthday in an audio recording that was played in court.

She was described as a "charming, charming and life-loving woman" who had a thriving interior design business.

The architect Andreea Cristea, photographed in London before the terrifying terrorist attack

The architect Andreea Cristea, photographed in London before the terrifying terrorist attack

The architect Andreea Cristea, photographed in London before the terrifying terrorist attack

Her family's statement included a note from Mrs. Cristea, which was written on her last New Year's Eve in which she counted her hopes for next year.

"The year 2017 will be the best of my life," he wrote.

I expected him to be "happy, cheerful and jovial", have a successful business and buy a new house, which he planned to decorate.

"I will have a wonderful man by my side, who will love me and appreciate me and with this man I will start a wonderful family," the note said.

His family said they had been "waiting for a miracle" when he was in the hospital after the attack and they told him of his "heartbreaking" loss when he died two weeks later.

"All his dreams were shattered when he made his last trip to England, London, and suddenly he became a victim of the Westminster terrorist attacks," his statement said.

"It's horrible and heartbreakingly painful." The pain we feel and feel now can not be expressed in words. "

Police officer Hero joined forces & # 39; to make a difference & # 39; before making the maximum sacrifice & # 39; while he kept the seat of British democracy

PC Palmer's sister said that "he was always brave and took his police role seriously."

PC Palmer's sister said that "he was always brave and took his police role seriously."

PC Palmer's sister said that "he was always brave and took his police role seriously."

The popular family man, PC Keith Palmer, has been acclaimed for making the "maximum sacrifice". during the Westminster terrorist attack.

Relatives, friends and colleagues of the 48-year-old uniformed officer paid tribute to the Old Bailey investigation into the deaths of the victims.

PC Palmer was unarmed and wearing body armor when he was stabbed to death by Khalid Masood in the courtyard of the Palace of Westminster on March 22 last year.

His sister Angela told about Pc Palmer's career, from the newspaper delivery man to the police officer.

She said she joined the force because she wanted to "make a difference."

He helped his friends and family with domestic jobs such as mowing the lawn or building walls and loved family gatherings, he said.

She said that the best day of her life was when her daughter was born and became a "skilful diaper changer" when she assumed paternity.

Pc Palmer took her job at the Palace of Westminster for a new experience and loved her new role.

His sister said: "He was always brave and took his police role seriously." He treated everyone with respect.

"Keith died protecting strangers while doing his job and many will remember him for his courage and courage."

PC Palmer's coffin is taken to Chapel of St Mary Undercroft at his funeral last year

PC Palmer's coffin is taken to Chapel of St Mary Undercroft at his funeral last year

PC Palmer's coffin is taken to Chapel of St Mary Undercroft at his funeral last year

She said the family was "completely devastated" and that she would also remember him as a loving, loving father, husband, son, uncle and friend.

Pc Shaun Cartwright described him as a happy, honest and genuine family man who worked to support his wife and daughter.

As the "face of the British police," it was also popular with tourists who came to the Palace of Westminster, said policeman Nick Carlisle.

Chief Inspector Neil Sawyer paid tribute to Palmer's "ultimate sacrifice."

He said: His brave actions that day did not surprise me. Keith never retired from a job protecting people & # 39;

While many would remember him for his "brave actions" and & # 39; maximum sacrifice & # 39 ;, Mr. Sawyer said: & # 39; For me and for others, was our dear friend & # 39;

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick was also present when investigations began today.

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