An American tourist whose husband died saving her life in the Westminster Bridge attack has sent 'love and compassion' to the family of his killer Khalid Masood.
Melissa Cochran was pushed aside by her husband Kurt as the terrorist used his 4x4 car as a weapon in the shadow of Big Ben last March.
Mr Cochran, 54, took the full force of the 30mph-plus impact and was catapulted headfirst over a wall and onto a concrete walkway 17ft below.
Speaking from her home in Utah, Mrs Cochran said she 'can only imagine the heartbreak' Masood's family feel at the murders the terrorist committed in an extraordinary and forgiving statement.
Melissa Cochran was pushed aside by her husband Kurt (pictured together just before he died) as the used his 4x4 car as a weapon in the shadow of Big Ben last March.
The couple were the first to be attacked by Khalid Masood in the devastating attack last March
She said: 'I want to express my deepest love and compassion to all of the (victims') families, to all of those who helped in any way that they could after the attack.
Melissa, pictured in hospital after the attack, has sent an extraordinary message to Masood's family about the grief they must feel
to those who had to relive those events by testifying, I know that was very hard for some people. I also want to express love and compassion for Masood's family.
'From what I understand they didn't share his belief system and this was not something that any of them obviously wanted to happen, they were obviously shocked when it did happen.
'I can only imagine the heartbreak they are feeling knowing that their father or their husband or son committed such atrocities.
'I just know in my heart that love and compassion and kindness wins over.'
Mrs Cochran and her husband Kurt were on a European sightseeing trip to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary when they visited London on March 22 last year.
They had walked across Westminster Bridge and were planning to sit on a bench by the water and people watch before returning to Westminster Abbey for a tour. But instead they were caught up in carnage.
Passionate musician Kurt was hit by a hire car driven by Masood and killed.
Mrs Cochran, who was injured in the attack, remembers little of what happened.
She said: 'From what I have read and heard from the testimonies, Kurt saw the car coming, which I didn't until the very last second, and he pushed me almost completely out of the way.