Melissa Cochran, from West Bountiful, Utah, said that instead she felt sorry for the perpetrator of the terror attack, Khalid Masood, who killed her husband, Kurt, and three other pedestrians on March 22, 2017.
Masood, 52, also fatally stabbed an unarmed police officer after he jumped out of the rented SUV. Authorities eventually shot Masood and apprehended him.
Let our news meet your inbox. The news and stories that matters, delivered weekday mornings.
The attacker “just didn’t have the compassion for humans that Kurt did, and for that I feel sorry for him, I feel sorry for his family,” Cochran said in an interview with U.K. broadcasters. "If we could all find a little connection with each other, maybe some of this hate would go away.”
In the interview, Cochran described her husband as “compassionate” and “kind,” and said his behavior on the day he died was not surprising.
“Kurt would have done that for anyone,” she said. “Kurt was just that kind of guy.”
The Parliament attack was the first in a series of terror attacks on British soil in 2017, during which dozens were killed. A concert hall in Manchester was bombed in May, and there were attacks the following month on London Bridge and a north London mosque.