LOCAL NEWS

Community Shows Support for Fallen Utah Soldier’s Family, Utah National Guard Releases New Details

Nov 4, 2018, 6:06 PM | Updated: Nov 5, 2018, 8:26 pm

NORTH OGDEN, Utah – The day after North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor was killed while deployed to Afghanistan, the community is showing support for his family.

Several veterans set out flags along 2600 North and at City Hall in honor of Taylor, who took a military leave of absence to serve in Afghanistan.

“I can only say that my heart was crushed,” said Russell Bingham.

Bingham served in the Army in Afghanistan in the mid-2000s. He said he could relate to leaving young children behind to service his country, as Taylor did. He felt compelled to help put up the flags as a tribute to Taylor.

“They represent the town, the love, and the friendship that Brent showed every single member of the community here. Our hope is that by putting this out here, he’ll be remembered once again and I think it’s an amazing thing,” Bingham said.

As the community honors Taylor, the Utah National Guard has released a bit more information about what they believe happened in Kabul.

Taylor had volunteered for a NATO operation helping to train members of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces. Major General Jeff Burton, the adjutant general of the Utah National Guard, said they believe Taylor was on foot patrol with some of those members, when one of them fired on him and another U.S. service-member. Taylor was killed. The other service-member was injured.

“I do believe that Major Taylor felt he was among friends with the people that he was working with, but the Taliban is still have activities going in Afghanistan,” Burton said.

Taylor had kept in touch with friends and family back home through Facebook, posting his latest activities. In his final update on October 28, he talked about what it meant to him to see the Afghan people head to the polls on Election Day, despite the threat of attacks. He said he hoped everyone back in the United States would exercise that right as well.

People have also shown their financial support for Taylor’s family. An online fundraiser has already brought in more than $170,000. (https://www.gofundme.com/mayor-brent-taylor)

 

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

Utah State Prisoin...
Shara Park

Governor, lawmakers to address 3 inmate attacks on guards at Utah Prisons

The maximum-security unit at the Utah State Prison remained closed to visitors Monday after an inmate attacked a correctional officer on Saturday.
20 hours ago
handcuffs...
Pat Reavy

Utah man accused of drugging woman’s tea, sexually extorting her

A Tooele County man who police say put a sleeping pill in a woman's tea without her knowledge and told her she could not stay at his residence unless she had sex with him, is facing criminal charges.
20 hours ago
Utahns filling up their cars with gas. (KSL-TV)...
Matt Rascon

Gas prices jump 26 cents in one week, Utah governor blames supply

Gas prices have shot up more than usual in January, with increases Utahns generally see in March, and Gov. Cox said closed refineries and increased demand is to blame.
20 hours ago
(Shelby Lofton/KSL TV)...
Shelby Lofton

Biologist explains why visitors are finding dead birds at Great Salt Lake shoreline

Thousands of birds have died this winter, many now washing ashore at the Great Salt Lake. A biologist explains what's causing the birds to die and what's being done to take care of the issue.
20 hours ago
Elif Ekin was born in Turkey, and now owns and operates Kahve Cafe in Salt Lake City. (KSL-TV)...
Jed Boal

‘It’s devastating,’ Utahn born in Turkey expresses her concerns after 7.8 earthquake

An SLC café owner was born not too far from the epicenter of the 7.8 Turkey earthquake and still has family and friends in that area.
20 hours ago
Weber Area 911 dispatch...
Mike Anderson

How Live 911 is saving lives in Weber County

The Weber County Sheriff's Office says it’s shortening response times by letting deputies hear 911 calls as they come in.
20 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

vintage photo of lighting showroom featuring chandeliers, lamps, wall lights and mirrors...
Lighting Design

History of Lighting Design | Over 25 Years of Providing Utah With the Latest Trends and Styles

Read about the history of Lighting Design, a family-owned and operated business that paved the way for the lighting industry in Utah.
Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 Reasons You May Want to Consider Apartment Life Over Owning a Home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Community Shows Support for Fallen Utah Soldier’s Family, Utah National Guard Releases New Details