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Vigil held for Utah Marine killed in Afghanistan

Hoover Vigil
Posted at 3:33 PM, Aug 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-30 22:12:53-04

SALT LAKE CITY — A vigil was held in honor of Staff Sgt. Taylor Hoover Sunday night at the Utah State Capitol.

Hoover, who was one of 13 American military members killed Thursday in Kabul, was a Marine from Utah.

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The vigil included a prayer by Chaplain Major Andy Madison with the Utah Air National Guard, remarks from family, friends and public figures, and musical numbers.

Speakers were Jennie Taylor (the Gold Star widow of Maj. Brent Taylor), family friend Neal Koffman who read a letter by a fellow Marine, Hoover's uncle Bill BB Barnett, his cousin Nancy Watson, longtime friend Kayleigh Snedger, and Gov. Spencer Cox.

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Bradley Quinn Lever sang "Bring Him Home," and at the end of the vigil, a bugler played "Taps" after a minute of silence, then a bagpiper played "Amazing Grace."

Hoover's immediate family was in attendance. They had just arrived back in Utah after meeting with President Joe Biden on Sunday. Hoover's body, along with those of the other 12 others killed in the attack, arrived in the U.S. on Sunday.

Information on funeral and burial services have not been announced.