Remains of Utah Mayor Killed in Afghanistan Arrive in U.S.

Evarado Alatorre
Noviembre 9, 2018

"I am heartbroken at the news that we lost one of our own today in Afghanistan and feel completely humbled by the service and the ultimate sacrifice offered by this fearless an selfless soldier", Herbert said. He added in a message to The Salt Lake Tribune on Monday that the biggest impact Taylor had on him was with his family. Rahmani said before he met Taylor, he didn't think men and women should be treated equally and he wouldn't say his wife's name out loud. Were he here, I know he would not take any credit for that, but I want you to know it and to hear it from me. A leader; one who was the first to volunteer for any tough assignment. So I echo the words someone recently shared with me: "Brent may have died on Afghan soil, but he died for the success of freedom and democracy in both of our countries".

In a statement afterwards, she said it was "only fitting" that he returned home on Election Day after giving his life for the freedom of Americans. "His loss will be felt for years to come". "We are so proud of the way he lived - proud of the way he gave his life".

Abdul Rahman Rahmani, who said he is a pilot with the Afghan army's Special Mission Wing and served with Taylor on several missions, wrote a widely shared letter to Taylor's wife and children, saying that Taylor had inspired him to be a "better father, a better Husban [sic], and a better man".

Please accept my condolence and sympathy.

In his final Facebook post, Taylor encouraged everyone in America to go out and vote in the midterm elections. "Whether the Republicans or the Democrats win, I hope that we all remember that we have far more as Americans that unites us than divides us".

North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor, 39, was a major with Utah National Guard and helping to train local defence forces when he was killed on Saturday in what was thought to be an "insider attack" by a member of the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces.

'"United we stand, divided we fall".

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He had served 12 years as an officer in the Army National Guard, seven of which were spent on active duty, according to his biography on the North Ogden city website. His remains are expected to arrive in the United States on Tuesday.

He was on his second tour in Afghanistan and previously was deployed twice to Iraq.

Maj. Gen. Jeff Burton, the adjutant general of Utah's National Guard, said Taylor, 39, was "a man of excellence" and an "amazing human being" who was killed while serving his fourth deployment.

A GoFundMe aiming to help support Taylor's family had received almost $250,000 worth of donations by Monday morning.

A GoFundMe page was launched Sunday with more than $292,000 raised.

Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information is made available.

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