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Parents of London attack victim to leave LDS mission to care for daughter

Parents of London attack victim to leave LDS mission to care for daughter (P

(KUTV) Dimmon and Sandra Payne are preparing for the most important mission of their lives.

Soon, they will move back to Utah to take care of their daughter who was injured in London's terror attack.

"I think our most important mission right now is to be with her," said Dimmon Payne, Melissa Cochran's father.

Melissa and her husband, Kurt Cochran, were hit by an SUV on London's Westminster Bridge Wednesday. Kurt was killed. Melissa was hurt but is doing better, the family said Monday morning in a news conference in London.


"She's a fighter," said Jennifer Burton, Melissa's sister, "and I couldn't see any other way that she would be."

Melissa's parents have been living in London, serving as missionaries in the London temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 2News asked the parents Monday how their faith is helping them during this difficult time.

"Our faith has just made it even stronger that we know that things will turn out all right," Dimmon Payne said, "and we're just confident that everything's going to be great with Melissa."

The Paynes said they'll now leave London -- ending their LDS mission after just four months -- and return to Utah to take care of their daughter.

"We're actually kind of excited to get back home and give everybody a hug," Dimmon Payne said.

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