Utah mayor, guard member killed by trainee in Afghanistan

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Taylor, who is a member of the Utah National Guard, was elected as mayor of North Ogden (population 17,357) in 2013, and re-elected in 2017, according to Deseret News.

"He thought he could do some good in Afghanistan, to help the people be liberated", Herbert said. The wounded service member is undergoing medical treatment and is in stable condition. Mileski replaced Taylor on the Utah Transit Authority Board of Trustees, another post Taylor had held, when he deployed to Afghanistan. He often posted updates on Facebook of the work he was doing with the Afghan soldiers, the newspaper reported.

U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah and the state's lieutenant governor, Spencer Cox, confirmed Taylor's death.

Taylor, 39, temporarily left his post as mayor in January to deploy to Afghanistan, according to his biography on North Ogden's website. 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.

This comes as a Czech soldier was killed and two others were wounded in a similar incident in western Herat province of Afghanistan almost ten days ago.

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Taylor's last Facebook post touched on how inspired he had been by the elections in Afghanistan, as he encouraged people in the USA to vote on Tuesday.

A week ago, Taylor urged Americans to vote in Tuesday's congressional elections, saying he hoped "whether the Republicans or the Democrats win, that we all remember that we have far more as Americans that unites us than divides us".

The Tribune reported that on the day of his deployment in mid-January, North Ogden police escorted Taylor and his family around town as hundreds of residents lined the streets to see him off.

The motive for the shooting - the second insider attack at a base against foreign troops in less than two weeks - was not immediately clear. Lee wrote, "Utahns who never had the privilege of meeting Brent will learn what kind of man North Ogden and the Taylor family have lost, and will join them in grieving his tragic loss". The Taliban praised the attack, saying it was conducted by a "sensible" Afghan.

"He was with folks he was helping and training. So this makes it additionally bitter for us", Burton said. Taylor's remains are to arrive in the United States at Dover Air Force Base in DE on Monday night, but funeral arrangements have not yet been made.

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