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"Devastating news. North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor was killed today while serving in Afghanistan", Cox said. He is survived by his wife, Jennie, and their seven children.

Cox, who became friends with Taylor as they made the rounds of the "rubber chicken" circuit of Utah politics together, said Taylor's motivation for entering politics was simple.

Orrin Hatch and Mitt Romney both tweeted about Taylor on Saturday evening.

The Utah National Guard has not officially named Taylor as the service member who was killed, but a spokeswoman confirmed it will make the announcement on Sunday.

"Initial reports indicate the attacker was a member of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces". The wounded soldier was reported to be in stable condition.

- Military helicopters were firing above a mosque in Kabul's old quarter Tuesday as officials said fighting had broken out between security forces and militants in the Afghan capital, with a barrage of rockets striking the city. It ended with an Afghan commando dead, although Rahimi declined to comment on whether this commando was a suspect in the killing.

Mayor Brent Taylor was identified as the servicemember killed, according to a Facebook post by North Ogden City Councilman Phillip Swanson. "He was willing to put you up on his shoulders, so you could see his vision". Brent Taylor, 39, from Ogden Utah.

Residents said he was attentive to their needs and taking their calls.

A GoFundMe page to support his wife, Jennie, and their children has already raised more than $130,000. Taylor also served two tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He was sent to Afghanistan in January as part of President Donald Trump's troop increase.

Taylor was a member of an advisory team that was training members of the Afghan commado team on combat operations. He often posted updates on Facebook of the work he was doing with the Afghan soldiers, the newspaper reported. "I consider him one of the greatest examples and what a mentor is and of what leadership should be". Meanwhile, North Ogden officials plan to come up with a way to remember Taylor, who had been elected to his second term as mayor in 2017 following a term on the North Ogden City Council. "'United we stand, divided we fall.' God Bless America". Just last month, an insider attack where Gen. Scott Miller, the top us commander in Afghanistan, was present, killed a key Afghan general and wounded an American one-star general.