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Brent Taylor, Utah Mayor Killed in Afghanistan, Urged Americans to Vote

09 November 2018

Major Brent Taylor with his wife Jennie.

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".

In what would be his last post on Facebook, the 39-year-old National Guardsman wrote of the elections he watched take place in Afghanistan on October 20. Gen. Jefferson S. Burton, the adjutant general of the Utah National Guard. - The grief-stricken widow of a Utah mayor killed in Afghanistan paid tribute to her husband on Election Day by urging Americans to get out and vote and carry on his legacy in fighting for democracy.

Taylor posted a video on Facebook in January to explain to North Ogden residents that he was being deployed.

Taylor, a major and military intelligence officer with Joint Force Headquarters, was expected to return to his mayoral job in January and come home to his wife, Jennie, and their seven children ranging from 11 months to 13 years old.

An Army carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Maj. His remains are scheduled to arrive at Dover Air Force Base in DE on Monday evening.

"I personally can not find words adequate to tell you all that I feel as I stand here this morning by the dawn's early light", Jennie Taylor later told reporters.

'Brent may have died on Afghan soil, but he died for the success of freedom and democracy in both of our countries.

"It seems only fitting", her statement said, that her husband "has come home to USA soil in a flag-draped casket on our Election Day".

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It is a timeless and cherished honor to serve in our country's armed services. "And it has been mine just as long as I have proudly stood by his side". "Your husband taught me to love my wife Hamida as an equal and treat my children as treasured gifts, to be a better father, to be a better husband and to be a better man".

"The price of freedom sure does feel incredibly high to all those of us who know and love our individual soldier", said Taylor.

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

"I hope everyone back home exercises their precious right to vote", he added.

'And that whether the Republicans or the Democrats win, that we all remember that we have far more as Americans that unites us than divides us.

May God forever bless America.

"It was attractive 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". According to the Department of Defense, Taylor, 39, of Ogden, Utah, died November 3, 2018, in Kabul province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained from small arms fire.

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.

He won a seat on the city council in 2009 - three years after graduating from Brigham Young University - and won his first term as mayor in 2013, his bio says.

Brent Taylor, Utah Mayor Killed in Afghanistan, Urged Americans to Vote