Brent Taylor, the mayor of North Ogden, Utah in the United States was killed Saturday on military duty in Afghanistan as part of Utah's National Guard. "Please keep Jennie (Taylor's wife) and his children in your prayers".
Multiple sources have reported that one American service man was killed and a second wounded in what was characterized as an insider attack carried out by a member of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.
Taylor, who has served with the Utah National Guard since 2013, was most recently deployed in January. Utah weeps for them today.
The site went on to describe the "profound influence" Taylor had on the community, a city of more than 17,000 people about 45 miles north of Salt Lake City.More news: BMW 8 Series Convertible leaks
In a statement Saturday night, Utah Gov. Herbert said he was "heartbroken at the news" of Taylor's death and felt "completely humbled by the service and the ultimate sacrifice offered by this courageous and selfless soldier".
"My heart breaks for the loss and sacrifice of our soldier, particularly for the family", said Maj. We must rally around his sweet family'.
"Right now there is a need for my experience and skills to serve in our nation's long-lasting war in Afghanistan", he said. "A news conference will be held tomorrow morning". In Facebook postings during this current deployment, Taylor lamented that he had to watch his youngest daughter take her first steps via Skype, and that he missed his 15th anniversary with his wife. In their marriage, they had endured five years apart during four of Taylor's deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, he wrote.
'As the U.S. gets ready to vote in our own election next week, I hope everyone back home exercises their precious right to vote.More news: Denmark says consulting allies over possible Iran sanctions
State and city leaders, including Utah Republican Rep. Mia Love and GOP Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, praised Taylor's service and courage Saturday night on social media, as his constituents posted their remembrances of a mayor who was always available to them.
'"United we stand, divided we fall". "Brent was a hero, a patriot, a wonderful father, and a dear friend". "News of his death in Afghanistan is devastating".
"What we do for our country is very risky business, but it's important to remember why we do it", Burton said.More news: Arsenal now closer to Premier League's best - Emery