The heartbroken wife of a US tourist killed in the Westminster terror attack was targeted by despicable internet trolls claiming her injuries are fake.
During the attack that took place on Westminster Bridge and outside Parliament on March 22, Kurt Cochran, from Utah, was mowed down by terrorist Khalid Masood. His wife, Melissa, was left with terrible injuries. The couple were in London celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary.
Kurt Cochran was one of four people who were killed by attacker Masood. Along with PC Keith Palmer, Aysha Frade and Leslie Rhodes.
An online campaign has collected over $80,000 for the bereaved wife.
Cochran’s pictures of her smiling in a hospital emerged, after which a malicious video was posted online calling the online tribute fund a “hoax” and asking: “Why is Melissa Cochran smiling so much? Didn’t she just lose a husband?”
The awful video was posted by Twitter user @DanaEddy, which is run by Dana Wells from Texas. The account contains a seven minute video that starts with panning over a photograph of Cochran balancing on crutches as she recovers in hospital, attempting to pick it apart and suggesting it’s fake.
A man is heard narrating the video, saying: “Does that look like the face of a woman who just lost her husband tragically? Look at that face. Look at her face, she’s smiling from ear to ear. So look at that IV pole, no IV. Don’t see any IVS over here… nothing is attached to her arms.
He adds: “Usually they don’t take you off fluids or a heart monitor or something until you’re discharged. Maybe they’ve got different rules but she’s not hooked up.”
“Maybe this isn’t even in England,” he continues.
Outpour of support:
Several people called Cochran a “fake phoney” in the comment section of the YouTube video, posted by Dana W’s account.
Eman Puedama, a YouTube user, writes: “Yes she doesn’t seem very upset about her husband dying.”
Several people claim that Dana Wells has a history of promoting propaganda conspiracy theories, and have attacked him, several have donated to Cochran Go FundMe page.
“He seeks to spread lies and promote contention. Pray for him. His heart is filled with ugliness and hatred,” Tamara Shaw said.
While Karrie Coates said: “This family has suffered a significant loss. Your comments are cruel and not something they need to deal with. Move on and leave the family alone to grieve and say goodbye to a loved one that was taken way too soon.”