Funeral plans are pending for Utah Guard major

Sergio Conner
November 9, 2018

He leaves behind his wife, Jennie, and seven children aged 11 months to 13 years. I still have the scars of this brutal war on my right leg.

Military officials say a major in Utah's Army National Guard who was also the mayor of a city north of Salt Lake City was killed in Afghanistan after being shot by a member of the Afghan security forces. "Whether the Republicans or the Democrats win, I hope that we all remember that we have far more as Americans that unites us than divides us".

The incident was the second such insider attack in less than two weeks, after an Afghan commando killed one person and wounded two other people on October 22.Taylor leaves behind a wife and seven children ages 11 months to 13 years. We wanted to help.

Jennie, please pass my words to your seven children, whom I consider as brothers and sisters to my own five children, Taha, Taiba, Tawab, Aqsa and Wahab.

The tribute was shared widely on social media, including by Utah Senator Orrin Hatch and Col. Dave Butler, a US military spokesman in Afghanistan.

"Tell [his children] that their father was a loving, caring and compassionate man whose life was not just meaningful, it was inspirational", wrote Maj. In his last message that I shared on my Twitter, he awakened not only Americans, but the world to the values of democracy and freedom.

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

An Afghan military officer has written a moving open letter to the wife and seven children of a Utah mayor who was killed while serving in the country, describing him as "an inspiring man who loved you all". I pray that God will give you strength, peace and show you his blessings in this time of great sorrow. Gen. Jefferson S. Burton, the adjutant general of the Utah National Guard.

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"United we stand, divided we fall", he wrote.

Taylor served in the National Guard for 10 years, and completed two tours in Afghanistan and Iraq prior to his most recent deployment.

His remains arrived at Dover Air Base in DE on Tuesday morning as millions of Americans people prepared to go the polls.

"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".

An Afghan National Army (ANA) pilot Abdul Rahman Rahmani who served alongside Maj. A GoFundMe page that was set up to support his family had reached nearly 80 percent of its goal of $250,000 by Sunday night. As of Monday at noon, that page has raised $292,000.

Rahmani said Taylor always volunteered for tough assignments, was humble and "a true patriot".

Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information is made available.

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