Widow remembers Utah major killed in Afghanistan

The widow of Maj. Brent Taylor, a Utah National Guardsman killed in Afghanistan, remembers him as his body is returned to Dover AFB in Delaware.

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Delaware — The body of a Utah mayor and Army National Guard member who urged Americans to vote before he was killed in Afghanistan has been returned to U.S. soil.

Military officials said 39-year-old Maj. Brent Taylor, the mayor of North Ogden, Utah, was shot to death Saturday by an Afghan commando he was training, who was then killed by Afghan forces.

Maj. Taylor had been expecting to return as Mayor Taylor in January. His death leaves behind his wife, Jennie, and their seven children, ranging from 11 months to 13 years old.

She was there as his remains were returned to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

A transfer case containing the remains of Maj. Brent Taylor arrives at Dover Air Force Base, Del., on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. According to the Department of Defense, Taylor, 39, of Ogden, Utah, died Nov. 3, 2018, in Kabul province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained from small arms fire. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)
A transfer case containing the remains of Maj. Brent Taylor arrives at Dover Air Force Base, Del., on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. According to the Department of Defense, Taylor, 39, of Ogden, Utah, died Nov. 3, 2018, in Kabul province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained from small arms fire. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

“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 final post on Facebook, which urged Americans to exercise their “precious right to vote.”

“It seems only fitting,” her statement said, that her husband “has come home to US soil in a flag draped casket on our Election Day.”