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Chris Kyle is a true American Hero in every sense of the word. The author of his autobiography, An American Sniper, Kyle holds the title of the deadliest man in America with over 160 confirm kills throughout his 10 year career as a Navy Seal. Tragically, Kyle was killed on Saturday alongside his friend Chad Littlefield on a remote shooting range in Texas.
On Saturday Chris Kyle drove to Eddie Ray Routh’s home in a Dallas, TX suburb as the two men,along with Littlefield, planned to spend the afternoon at the Erath County shooting range. Kyle knew Mr. Routh’s mother, Jodi Routh, who had recently asked for help for her son, a former Marine who spent 15 days in a nearby jail last year after a drunken-driving arrest, and who the authorities said had a history of mental illness. The shooting range, at a resort called Rough Creek Lodge nearly two hours from Lancaster, was a familiar place to Mr. Kyle. After he retired from the military in 2009, he founded Craft International, a Dallas company that often used the range and provided training to people in the military and law enforcement and to civilians.
Routh, Kyle and Littlefield arrived at the shooting range at approximately 3:15pm and the bodies of Kyle and Littlefield were found by a guide at 5pm. After the shooting Routh drove Kyle’s truck to the home of his brother in law and sister who urged him to turn himself in however he chose not to. As soon as he left they contacted police and he was arrested near his home in Lancaster at 8:00pm.
Chris Kyle was known for assisting veterans struggling with post deployment difficulties whether physical or mental. It was not uncommon for him to befriend struggling veterans as he founded an organization whose mission was to provide exercise equipment and counseling to those struggling veteran’s. Kyle is survived by his wife and two children.

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