Victims of Westminster attack remembered at inquest He was my best friend

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mr Cochran, an American citizen from Utah, was hit by Masood’s car and thrown off Westminster Bridge onto the embankment. He was pronounced dead at the scene and pathologist later concluded he died from severe head injuries.Closing her account of her husband at the Old Bailey yesterday morning, Mrs Cochran said: “My husband, my friend, my love, my mentor, my admirer, my inspiration, my rockstar. I miss you with all my heart.”Aysha FadeMother of two Aysha Frade was walking home from work when she was  “cruelly and brutally taken away” from her family and young daughters, her husband told the inquest.Mrs Frade, 44, was an administrative assistant at a nearby Westminster college when she was killed in Masood’s attack.Holding back the tears as he spoke, John Frade said his wife “lived and breathed for her daughters” and that she would “always wanted to provide for her friends and family.” Kurt Cochran, one of the victims of the Westminster Bridge terror attack, was described as a “hero” for saving his wife’s life in the attack last MarchCredit:Metropolitan Police/PA Kurt Cochran She said: “He loved a cup of tea with his customers, many of whom remained his friends over the years.”Everyone loved him. He would do anything to help anyone who needed it.”Mr Rhodes was struck by Masood’s car as he was leaving a hospital appointment at the nearby Thomas’s Hospital.He was later taken to King’s College Hospital where he was treated for very serious injuries. However, he never regained consciousness and died just over 24 hours after the attack.Pc Keith PalmerPC Keith Palmer was the “face of British policing” and “must be dotted all over the world” in pictures taken by thousands of tourists who flocked to the Palace of Westminster, his colleague said.Pc Palmer loved greeting visitors at the Palace gates and talking about the history of the building, Pc Nick Carlisle told the inquest.“He was popular with tourists looking to have their photo taken with a British bobby,” he said. Pc Palmer died from stab wounds after terrorist Khalid Masood attacked him inside the grounds of Parliament in March last year. He was pronounced dead at the scene.He joined the Metropolitan Police in 2001 and became a police officer outside the Houses of Parliament in 2016.Pc Carlise said: “Keith became a police officer protecting Westminster because he wanted a new experience and to spend more time with his family.“I am immensely proud to have called him my friend. But most of all I shall remember him as a family man. That is why he went to work – to provide for his wife and his daughter.”Andreea CristeaAndreea Christea, 31, had written of her hope that 2017 would be the best year of her life.She had planned to start a family with her partner Andrei Burnaz. But her “dreams were shattered” by Khalid Masood; his car striking her and she fell 40ft into the Thames. She was rescued after nine minutes in the water but never regained consciousness and died on April 6. Mrs Frade’s sister Michelle also spoke at the inquest and revealed that the mother of two had expressed concern at working in the Westminster area because of the terrorism threat.She said: “Her job relocated to Westminster where she was worried about terrorist attacks, but we put it down to her usual nervous self and that she was probably in the safest part of London.“But now she will never be able to smile again, see her daughters grow up or grow old with her husband.”Mrs Frade was killed “almost instantaneously” when she was hit by Masood’s car and thrown under a passing bus, the inquest heard.Leslie Rhodes“I remember him smiling and happy,” Leslie Rhodes’s niece told the Westminster Bridge inquest about her uncle, a retired window cleaner, who was the oldest victim of last year’s attack.Mr Rhodes, who was 73 at the time of his death, was born in Battersea, London in 1941 and was the youngest of three sons.An enthusiastic cricket fan who loved to fish, Mr Rhodes was “a very private man” who never had his own children Amanda Rhodes told the inquest, adding: “He acted like a father to us.” Aysha Frade ‘lived and breathed for her daughters’, her husband saidCredit:Metropolitan Police/PA In the opening day of the Westminster Bridge terror attack inquest, moving “pen portraits” were written and read aloud by the family members of the attack’s five victims.Kurt Cochran“Hero” Kurt Cochran pushed his wife out of the way of Khalid Masood’s oncoming vehicle and “took the full force” of the attack, the inquest heard.Mr Cochran, who was 54 at the time of his death, was visiting London with his wife, Melissa Cochran, when he was the first victim of the Westminster Bridge terror attack in March last year.Yesterday’s inquest opened with touching accounts from Mr Cochran’s family, including his sister Angela Stoll who spoke on behalf of Mrs Cochran because “she didn’t think she could get through it herself.”Mrs Cochran described the day her husband was killed as a “cowardly attack on humanity.” Leslie Rhodes was a retired window cleaner. His family described him as “a very private man.”Credit:Met Police/PA Her family, some of whom followed proceedings from the British Embassy in Bucharest, paid tribute to Ms Cristea on what would have been her 33rd birthday.She was described as a “lovely, enchanting and life-loving” woman, who had a thriving interior design business.“All her dreams were shattered when she went on her final trip to England, London, and she suddenly became the victim of the Westminster terror attacks,” their statement said. “It is awful and heartbreakingly painful. The pain we felt and feel now cannot be expressed in words.” She said that, despite his old age and retirement, Mr Rhodes still continued to clean windows for family and friends. Andreea Cristea  He said: “An outside babysitter was never an option. When [our daughter] was four-years-old we realised that we had not been to the cinema in four years. The even stranger part was that we had not even missed it. We loved being a family – all four of us.” Aysha Frade In a New Year’s Eve note, she wrote: “The year 2017 will be the best of my life… I will have a wonderful man by my side, who will love and cherish me and with this man I will start a wonderful family.” His sister Angela said: “He was always brave and took his role as a police officer seriously. He treated everyone with respect.”Keith died protecting strangers whilst doing his job and he will be remembered by many for his courage and bravery.” A-level students Tyler Chapperley-Russell and Will Robins met PC Keith Palmer while on a college trip to London last year. They were taking photos around the Palace of Westminster when they noticed PC Palmer was behind them and he joined inCredit:BBC PC Palmer She said: “He was my bestfriend, my husband and my hero. I was so lucky to have had 25 wonderful years with the man of my dreams. He made me laugh every single day. I cherish every single memory we made.”I am forever grateful for the time we had together, allowing me to be the mother to his children, and especially his heroic actions on that day, saving my life.” Leslie Rhodes Andreea Cristea would have turned 33-years-old on the day the inquest into her death beganCredit:Met Police/PA read more