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Brent Taylor's widow: 'Fitting' his body in US on Election Day

Soldiers attend a news conference where Gov. Gary R. Herbert and Maj. Gen. Jefferson S. Burton address the media Sunday Nov. 4 2018 in Draper Utah. Military officials say a major in Utah's Army National Guard who was also the mayor of a city nort Not planning to vote Tuesday? This slain soldier's words should change your mind
Jeannette Daniel | 09 November, 2018, 14:50

Just a few days before he lost his life in Afghanistan, Brent Taylor - the father of seven children and the mayor of North Ogden, Utah - had "the precious right to vote" on his mind.

Taylor, 39, was on a year long deployment in Afghanistan at the time.

The Facebook message that he refers to, Taylor's last, was written October 28 and reads, in part: "As the U.S.A gets ready to vote in our own election next week, I hope everyone back home exercises their precious right to vote.

The strong turnout, despite the attacks and challenges, was a success for the long-suffering people of Afghanistan and for the cause of human freedom", Taylor wrote.

"When I asked Jennie what she would like me to say when we came out, she said that there is heartache but no regret", said Kristy Pack, Jennie Taylor's sister, speaking Sunday night outside the family's home. "Many American, NATO and Afghan troops have died to make moments like this election possible".

He then turned to the midterm elections in the United States, which are taking place on November 6.

In his final Facebook posting a week ago Taylor had encouraged everyone to vote and offered a reminder "that we have far more as Americans that unites us than divides us".

May God forever bless America. Another U.S. military member whose name was not immediately made public was wounded in Saturday's attack that killed Taylor, who died from wounds from small arms fire, military officials said.

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Maj. Abdul Rahman Rahmani, a special mission pilot and U.S. Marine Corps University graduate, penned a tribute to Maj. His remains are expected to arrive in the U.S. on Tuesday.

"Brent may have died on Afghan soil, but he died for the success of freedom and democracy in both of our countries", she said in a statement that referred to her husband's post.

Herbert will order the lowering of the flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Utah on the day of Taylor's funeral. Brent Taylor, a Utah National Guardsman fatally shot on Saturday.

The mayor of a Utah city is being hailed for his heroism after he was killed in action in Afghanistan while deployed as part of his National Guard service.

He served the Utah Army National Guard based out of Joint Force Headquarters in Draper, Utah, and had completed two combat tours in Iraq, serving as a convoy security commander and then as an adviser to an Iraqi national intelligence agency, according to the biography on the North Ogden city website.

Taylor's remains were returned to Dover Air Force Base early Tuesday morning.

Hundreds of residents of North Ogden lined the street to see him off as police escorted him and his family around North Ogden, a community of about 17,000.

His wife Jennie was there to greet them. We answered the call because my dad was needed. When you think of our country and his sacrifice, I can't imagine your sorrow or sense of loss, but please don't think that the violent act that look his life is representative of our sentiments towards Americans.

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