10 months after his most recent deployment to Afghanistan, it's been confirmed that Brent Taylor, mayor of North Ogden, Utah and a major in the Utah National Guard has been killed in action.
The Utah National Guard (of which Taylor served as a major) reported that Taylor was killed today, in what's being called an "insider attack" orchestrated by at least one member of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces - the very same forces he was sent there to train.
The attacker was immediately killed by other Afghani security forces.
Taylor was just 39-years-old, and had anticipated returning in January 2019. Last month he celebrated his 15th wedding anniversary.
A glance at his final Facebook post helps show what kind of person Taylor was:
Gary Herbert, governor of Utah, will deliver a public address on Sunday at 12 PM Noon to give more details on the circumstances of Taylor's death. The city of North Ogden released the following statement:
"Everywhere you look in North Ogden you can see his profound influence. He had a great love and vision for this community. He was patriotic to the core and a shining example of what an American politician should be."
Taylor was first elected to North Ogden city council back in 2009 before becoming the city's mayor in 2013.
A GoFundMe fundraiser has been set up to help support this fallen soldier's family.
Read more over at Fox News.