Chris Kyle Funeral Procession Arrives In Austin
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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) The funeral procession for slain former Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle has completed its journey at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin.
Kyle and Chad Littlefield, were shot and killed on Saturday, February 2, 2013, at the Rough Creek Lodge.
According to reports, approximately 200 motorcycles, motor coaches, police cruisers and other vehicles drove from Midlothian to Austin Texas Tuesday. Midlothian is a small town 25 miles southwest of Dallas where the 38-year-old Kyle lived with his family.
Kyle separated from the U.S. Navy with an honorable discharge in 2009 to spend time with his family but remained in the spotlight during retirement.
Kyle who was considered the deadliest sniper in the history of the U.S. military, wrote a book titled “American Sniper” which offered a recanting of his efforts in the war on terror and in Iraq.
An estimated 7,000 people attended Kyle’s memorial in Texas including Texas Governor Rick Perry. The memorial service was held at Dallas Cowboys Stadium on Monday.
Governor Perry stated that Kyle was an American hero: “Chris Kyle was the public face of an anonymous breed of American warrior who are handed the hardest missions and assume the largest risks. Chris was among the very best at what he did, and he saved countless American lives in the process. Our state and our nation suffered a profound loss with his passing,” stated Governor Perry.
Local authorities captured the suspect in Kyle and Littlefield’s death, Eddie Ray Routh.
Upon a short freeway chase, Routh who was apprehended, reportedly left the scene of the shootings in Kyle’s Ford F-350 truck; he later crashed into a police cruiser.
Routh was arrested just before 9:00 p.m. the same day of the shootings in Lancaster, Texas. It is not clear Routh’s motives in the fatal shootings.