Utah mayor killed in Afghanistan's last message

Soldiers attend a news conference where Gov. Gary R. Herbert and Maj. Gen. Jefferson S. Burton address the media 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 nort

Taylor made the post after witnessing elections in Afghanistan.

His killer opened fire during a training exercise and was immediately shot afterwards.

The father of seven had implored Americans in his final Facebook post to vote.

"I assure you that the one who shot him represents evil and violence", he said, noting that he has lost eight members of his own family to the war and been wounded twice himself. She said it was "fitting" that his remains returned to the United States on Election Day because he died for the "success and freedom of Democracy".

His wife Jennie was there to greet them. In his last message that I shared on my Twitter, he awakened not only Americans, but the world to the values of democracy and freedom. 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". "This is a sad day for Utah, for America".

Family spokeswoman Kristy Pack Taylor said students at 13-year-old Megan Taylor's junior high school wore yellow ribbons Monday to show their support.

"It was lovely to see over 4 million Afghan men and women fearless threats and deadly attacks to vote in Afghanistan's first parliamentary elections in eight years", he wrote.

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The somber service took place before sunrise. Last month on their 15th wedding anniversary, Taylor penned a post on Facebook about his "rock star wife" who he said had been "superwoman through birthing and raising seven children, and through four deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan".

Utah media outlets cited a statement from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation saying that Taylor was shot by one of the commandos being trained and that the attacker was killed by Afghan forces.

'The strong turnout, despite the attacks and challenges, was a success for the long- suffering people of Afghanistan and for the cause of human freedom. "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". "'United we stand, divided we fall.' God Bless America". He became a major in 2013.

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.

Earlier Sunday, Maj. Gen. Jefferson S. Burton, the adjutant general of the Utah National Guard, told reporters that Taylor's mission was to help train and build the capacity of the Afghan national army. That's what's so painful about this. "I do believe that Major Taylor felt he was among friends, with people he was working with".

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch tweeted a photo with Taylor on Saturday, calling the soldier "a hero, a patriot, a wonderful father, and a dear friend".

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