The mayor of a small city in the US state of Utah has been identified as the US service member killed Saturday in an “insider attack” in Afghanistan, according to reports.
Brent Taylor, a married father of seven children who was deployed to Afghanistan in January, was a mayor of North Ogden. He was elected to the city council in 2009 and became mayor in 2013, according to the city council website.
Taylor’s death was confirmed by North Ogden City Councilman Phil Swanson.
“We are devastated by the loss of our Mayor and friend, Brent Taylor,” the city said on its Facebook page.
“Brent had a profound influence on this community. He was the best of men with the ability to see potential and possibility in everything around him.”
Taylor had temporarily stepped down as mayor to deploy to Afghanistan with the Utah Army National Guard, according to his biography on North Ogden’s website.
He served as an officer in the US Army National Guard…