Utah Mayor Killed in Afghan Expressed the 'Precious Right' to Vote

The Fallen Soldier Tribute is shown at the Utah Army National Guard Recruiting building Sunday Nov. 4 2018 in Draper Utah. Military officials say a major in Utah's Army National Guard who was also the mayor of a city north of Salt Lake City was

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"It was lovely to see over four million Afghan men and women fearless threats and deadly attacks to vote in Afghanistan's first parliamentary elections in eight years".

He had been elected to the city council of North Ogden, about 45 miles north of Salt Lake City, in 2009 and became mayor in 2013, according to the city council website.

Taylor's remains were returned to Dover Air Force Base early Tuesday morning.

"And it has been and will continue to be the great honor of our seven children for the rest of their lives and I pray for many generations to come", she said.

The Utah mayor who was killed in Afghanistan over the weekend while serving with the state's National Guard had one final wish for "everyone back home".

They say Brent Taylor was in the country to train Afghan commandos and was shot Saturday by one of the trainees at the Kabul military training center.

The event has "deeply shaken the relationship between Afghan and American forces", according to a New York Times investigation into the deadly insider attack.

Following the dignified transfer in which Jennie Taylor and their two oldest sons welcomed the body of Maj. He was scheduled to return in January. Chugg said the community has come together to support Taylor's family, even offering to mow the lawn and help with the children.

Utah was in mourning following the news of Taylor's death, and many prominent figures offered their condolences.

"You may or may not be aware of some of our cultural differences", he wrote in the letter, addressed to Taylor's wife, Jennie, "but in Afghanistan family is not everything, for many of us, family are treated as property".

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said in a statement he was "heartbroken at the news" and felt "completely humbled by the service and the ultimate sacrifice offered by this courageous and selfless soldier".

One other American service member who was wounded in the attack is now undergoing medical treatment but in stable condition, according to a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation statement. "It's bitter", Maj. Gen. Jefferson S. Burton, the adjutant general of the Utah National Guard, said on Sunday. He served two tours during the Iraq War as well as in Afghanistan, the bio says.

People around the country are mourning the loss of the National Guardsman who was finishing up his latest tour of duty in the war-torn country when he was killed in a so-called "insider" attack. Service members saluted in the rain until the van pulled away.

But Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer J. Cox wrote on his Facebook page that Taylor has been killed.

A Fallen Soldier Tribute at the Utah Army National Guard recruiting building in Draper, Utah, November 4, 2018.

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