An NYPD cop serving with the army in Afghanistan was killed by a roadside bomb on Wednesday, his relatives said.
Officer Deon L. Taylor, from the Bronx, had shipped out in January on his second tour in the country, which has seen the number of violent attacks by insurgents spike dramatically in the last few months.
"He wanted to do the right thing," said Taylor's uncle, Mo Weathers, who is an NYPD detective.
"He's a father, brother, and a son. A good person. We're in disbelief and deep grief."
Taylor, 30, a narcotics cop who worked undercover in Brooklyn, was serving with the Army National Guard. He was one of 258 NYPD cops currently on military leave.
Though no casualties were officially named, the U.S. military reported that a roadside bomb in western Afghanistan killed three coalition members on Wednesday – the only casualties that day. They had been traveling in a military vehicle.
Taylor, who had an 8-year-old son from a previous marriage and was engaged to be married again next year, had been sent to Afghanistan to train soldiers, his uncle said.
"I saw the soldiers knocking on his mom's door this morning," said neighbor Annie Roberts.
"Then I heard screaming, and I knew."