Republican Mayor Brent Taylor, of North Ogden, Utah, and a father of seven young children was killed in action Saturday while serving in Afghanistan as a member of the Army National Guard, officials confirmed.

A Go-Fund-Me account has been started to help the family of Major Brent Taylor, who leaves a wife and seven children behind. To contribute, go HERE.

Washington Post reports, Taylor, 39, was killed in an apparent insider attack after a member of the Afghan security forces opened fire at a base in Kabul where foreign troops provide training to Afghan forces. The attack wounded another U.S. service member. Maj. Gen. Jefferson S. Burton, adjutant general of the Utah National Guard, confirmed that the person who opened fire on Taylor was killed immediately.

News of Taylor’s death brought shock and grief to a Utah community in which he had served as mayor since 2013 and, before that, as a City Council member.

“I hate this. I’m struggling for words,” Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox posted Saturday. “I love Mayor Taylor, his amazing wife Jennie and his 7 sweet kids. Utah weeps for them today. This war has once again cost us the best blood of a generation. We must rally around his family. Thank you for your sacrifice my friend.”

A heartbroken Governor Herbert tweeted:

The governor of Utah also tweeted his official announcement on the death of Mayor Gary Herbert:

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