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Utah Marine killed in attack at Kabul airport

Staff Sgt. Taylor Hoover was killed in a terrorist attack at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday, August 26,{ } 2021. (Photo used by permission)

SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — A Utah Marine was among 13 service members killed in an attack outside the Kabul airport. He has been identified as Staff Sgt. Taylor Hoover.

Hoover graduated from Hillcrest High School in 2008, where he played football.

His death was confirmed Friday in tweets posted by Utah Gov. Spencer Cox and Rep. Blake Moore.

"We are devastated to hear of the passing of Staff Sgt. Taylor Hoover," Gov. Cox said in a statement. "Abby and I pray for Staff Sgt. Hoover, his family and loved ones during this most difficult time."

He talked about the conversation he had with Hoover's family Friday.

"I told them Utah mourned with them. When I asked how we could help, his dad simply replied, 'Just promise me Utah will never forget my son,'" Gov. Cox said.

The governor ordered flags to be lowered throughout the state in honor of Hoover until sunset on August 30.

"Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and others are encourages to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect," the order stated.

“We’ll be forever grateful for his sacrifice and legacy,” Moore said. “He spent his last moments serving our state and nation, & (sic) we’ll never forget his unwavering devotion.”

The attack was one of the deadliest since U.S.-led forces entered Afghanistan 20 years ago, according to U.S. officials.

According to the Associated Press, the death toll from the attack has risen to 169 Afghans in addition to the Marines killed. The bombing was one of the most lethal terror attacks in Afghanistan.

The bombing was blamed on an offshoot of the Islamic State - an enemy of both the Taliban and the United States.

Pentagon officials said there was one bomber at the gate leading into the airport - not two as was initially believed.

A GoFundMe page was made by Marines Hoover served with. Funds will go to his family during their time of loss, as well as any funeral expenses.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)