Utah mayor slain in Afghanistan urged Americans to vote

Brent Taylor, mayor of North Ogden, Utah. He was killed in an incident in Afghanistan, where he was serving as a member of the state National Guard, Photo Date: UndatedPhoto: North Ogden City

NORTH OGDEN, Utah (AP) - The body of a Utah mayor and Army National Guard member who was killed in Afghanistan has been returned to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

Military officials said 39-year-old North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor was shot to death Saturday by an Afghan commando he was training, who was then killed by Afghan forces. His wife, parents and oldest children received the body.

Major Taylor had been expecting to return as Mayor Taylor in January. His death leaves behind his wife, Jennie, and their seven children.

His remains return just as Americans prepared to turn out to vote on Election Day. Taylor himself urged Americans to exercise "their precious right to vote" in his last post on Facebook , which drew a connection between democracy abroad and at home.