North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor killed in Afghanistan during insider attack

Brent Taylor with the Utah National Guard was killed in Afghanistan. (Photo from Brent Taylor's Facebook page)

(KUTV) -- A service member in the Utah National Guard was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday.

Brent Taylor has been identified as the slain soldier, acting mayor of North Ogden Brent Chugg confirmed to 2News.

Taylor was killed during an apparent insider attack in Kabul, a press released from the Utah National Guard stated. Initial reports indicated the attacker was a member of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces. The attacker was killed immediately by other Afghan Forces, the press release stated. The incident is still under investigation.

Taylor was the mayor of North Ogden. He took leave of that position to serve in the military.

"My heart breaks for the loss and sacrifice of our Soldier, particularly for the family," Maj. Gen. Jefferson S. Burton, the adjutant general of the Utah National Guard, said in a press release. "I wish them all the comfort and courage to face the difficult days ahead."

Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert and Burton held a press conference Sunday at noon at the Utah National Guard's Draper Headquarters.

"What we do for our country is very dangerous business, but it's important to remember why we do it," said Burton. "The threat is very real. Let no one forget the service and sacrifice of those brave men and women who defend our nation."

Other Utah officials expressed their condolences and appreciation for Taylor's service.

A GoFundMe account was created for the Taylor family. To donate, click here.


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