Chris Kyle: America’s Deadliest Sniper
On February 3rd former Navy Seal, Chris Kyle, 38, and his neighbor, Chad Littlefield, 35, were gunned down at a Texas shooting range by former marine, Eddie Routh, 25, with a semi-automatic handgun. Kyle and Littlefield had taken Routh to the range in an attempt to reach out to him but he turned on them. Routh then fled the scene and drove to his sister’s house in Kyle’s truck. There, Routh confessed to his sister what he had done. Authorities were called but Routh attempted to flee again when they arrived but was soon captured and placed in Erath County Jail on a $3 million bond. He is being charged with two counts of capital murder.
Chris Kyle has been named America’s deadliest sniper and could shoot targets 21 football fields away. He served four tours of duty in Iraq and has over 160 confirmed sniper kills. He also wrote the best-selling book, “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History.” Kyle helped found FITCO Cares, which is an organization that provides fitness equipment for the physically/emotionally wounded veteran’s homes. Kyle received many awards during his military career including two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation. He was happily married and a father of two.
Eddie Routh was a corporal in the Marines from June 2006 to January 2010. During that time, he was deployed to Iraq in 2007 and Haiti in 2010. His current duty status is listed as reserve. Supposedly Routh had been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, but this is unable to be confirmed by police. Routh had been involved in several incidents within the past year involving the police, one of which resulted in him being taken to a psychiatric hospital. Within a five month period prior to the shooting of Kyle and Littlefield, Routh had been to the Green Oaks Psychiatric Hospital a number of times. His family was worried that he was going to harm himself or someone else, so his mother reached out to Kyle. Kyle attempted to re-introduce Routh to firearms because he understood the difficulty of returning from war.
On Monday, February 11th, a memorial was held at Cowboys Stadium, which was opened up to thousands in honor of Chris Kyle. Kyle is scheduled to be buried on February 12th in Austin. His family/friends invite anyone who wishes to join his processional.