"I hate this. I'm struggling for words", Utah Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox posted.
"This is unbelievably tragic", Utah Representative Greg Hughes wrote on social media.
Taylor served as mayor and city administrator, as he felt he could save the city money by working two positions, said Johnson, who worked with Taylor on various community volunteering projects. "His pictures and descriptions gave me a deeper understanding of our military's service and sacrifice".
He anticipated that his deployment would last 12 months and reassured North Ogden citizens that the city would be left in good hands.
Taylor leaves behind his wife, Jennie, and seven children.
Initial reports indicate the attacker was a member of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces and he was immediately killed by other Afghan forces.
Taylor was a longtime member of the Utah National Guard, and in January, he was deployed to Afghanistan.
North Ogden is a city of 17,000 people north of Salt Lake City. He was the father of seven children.
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Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the martyrdom of the JUI-S chief and expressed vast grief over it. JUI-S's Peshawar president also confirmed the chief's death following an assassination attempt in Rawalpindi.
The US military in Kabul says a US service member has been killed in an apparent "insider attack" in the capital Kabul.
This is being seen as the latest so-called "green-on-blue" attack, in which members of the Afghan forces have killed U.S. or coalition soldiers.
Another US service member was wounded in the attack.
A USA soldier was killed Saturday in Kabul, Afghanistan, in what authorities are calling an insider attack.
The Afghan government now controls or influences 55.5% of the country's districts, marking the lowest level recorded since the special inspector general for Afghan reconstruction began tracking district control in November 2015, the report said. Gen. Jefferson S. Burton, the adjutant general.
Taylor, who joined the service in 2003, had insurance, Burton said, and will also receive the aid of a "casualty assistance officer".
The threat from the Taliban is compounded by the presence of Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K) terrorist group, made up of mostly Pakistani Talibs who have pledged loyalty to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), and by Al-Qaeda operatives.