On Saturday, Major Brent Taylor, Mayor of North Ogden, was killed and another service member was wounded during an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan in what is being termed an insider attack.
According to the Utah National Guard, Taylor was killed when an attacker, suspected to be a member of Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, opened fire on foreign servicemen.
This is the second insider attack against US forces in Afghanistan in the same number of weeks, and according to Time, Taylor is the fifth U.S. service member to be killed in an insider attack over the last four months.
Taylor was 39 and leaves behind a wife and seven children. He was on his fourth tour of duty with the US Army National Guard helping train members of the Afghan security forces. The attacker was shot by other Afghan forces after he opened fire.
There has been an outpouring of support and condolences to Taylor’s family. Utah Governor Gary Herbert posted a statement on Twitter expressing his emotions about Taylor’s death.
A GoFundMe to support Taylor’s family had received over $300,000 in donations by the time this article was written.
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