NORTH OGDEN, Utah (ABC4 News) – The city of North Ogden is in shock after receiving the news their Mayor, Brent Taylor, was killed in an apparent insider attack in Afghanistan Saturday, officials say.

“My heart breaks for the loss and sacrifice of our Soldier, particularly for the family,” said Maj. Gen. Jefferson S. Burton, the adjutant general. “I wish them all the comfort and courage to face the difficult days ahead.”

A statement released by the Utah National Guard said the initial reports indicate the attacker was a member of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces. These reports also indicate the attacker was immediately killed by other Afghan Forces.

“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.”

Mayor Brent Taylor was a trained professional, fully committed to the community, the country, and the mission. The selflessness and sacrifice of our service members define the Utah National Guard.

The Utah National Guard says their priority right now is to take care of the family, ensuring they have all the resources they need during this critical time.

North Ogden City released the following statement:

“We are devastated by the loss of our Mayor and friend, Brent Taylor. Our hearts and thoughts
go to Jennie, their children, and other family members as they deal with this tragic loss. We
love them and hope they will feel the love and support of all of us in North Ogden.
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. We feel blessed to have had him as our
mayor. 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. We are grateful for his service to both our city and our
country. His loss will be felt for years to come.”

Gov. Gary R. Herbert and Maj. Gen. Jefferson S. Burton plan to address the media at a press conference scheduled for Sunday in Draper Headquarters. 

Taylor leaves behind his wife and seven children.