Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says he is heartbroken the death of North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor during an attack in Afghanistan while he was serving with the state's National Guard.
Taylor's death was mourned by Utah Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox, who wrote that the Afghan war "has once again cost us the best blood of a generation".
The North Ogden city government said Taylor had a "profound influence" on the community in a statement Saturday.
Taylor was assigned to Utah Army National Guard Element, Joint Force Headquarters, Draper, Utah.
Taylor was part of an advisory team tasked with training Afghan commandos. Officials say another US service member is being treated for wounds sustained in the attack in Kabul on Saturday.
Initial reports say a member of the Afghan security forces is responsible for the attack, NATO's Resolute Support mission said in a statement. Timothy Bolyard was shot dead in an insider attack, killed by one of the Afghan security members he came to Afghanistan to train.
Taylor leaves behind his wife, Jennie, and seven children. Gen. Jefferson S. Burton, the adjutant general.
"While I am far from flawless in any of these respects, I have given my life to serve all three of these loyalties whenever and however I can". He often posted updates on Facebook of the work he was doing with the Afghan soldiers, the newspaper reported.
The attack took place Saturday at the expansive Kabul Military Training Center, located on the outskirts of the Afghan capital of Kabul.
The flags at North Ogden City Hall "are at half-staff and the City Council is meeting (Monday) night to discuss additional options for ways to honor Mayor Taylor", Call said in an email.
A week ago, Taylor urged Americans to vote in Tuesday's congressional elections, saying he hoped "whether the Republicans or the Democrats win, that we all remember that we have far more as Americans that unites us than divides us".
'"United we stand, divided we fall".
An online GoFundMe campaign for the Taylor family had generated more than $160,000 in donations as of Sunday afternoon and the number continued to climb.