February 03, 2013 09:51 AM by Lisa Princ
Chris Kyle wowed us with his skills on the first season of NBC’s Stars Earn Stripes, where he and his partner, Dean Cain made it into the finale. Tragically, the former Navy Seal, who is also known as the most lethal sniper in The United States, was shot and killed yesterday.
Chris Kyle, 38, along with Chad Littlefield, 35, were fatally shot yesterday by a fellow military veteran at the Rough Creek Lodge in Texas, sometime after 3 p.m. According to authorities, Eddie Ray Routh, 25, was arrested last night after a brief pursuit by police. He is expected to be charged with two counts of capital murder.
Reports claim that the three men went to the Rough Creek Lodge together before Routh, a fellow military veteran who supposedly suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, turned his weapon on Kyle and Littlefield. Both victims were shot at point blank range, and the motive is unclear at this point in time.
Chris Kyle was not only a hero, but also a best selling co-author of the book, American Sniper. Kyle’s co-author, Scott McEwen told ABC in a statement: “We have lost more than we can replace. Chris was a patriot, a great father, and a true supporter of this country and its ideals. This is a tragedy for all of us. I send my deepest prayers and thoughts to his wife and two children.”
Kyle also established the non-profit organization, FITCO Cares, directed by Travis Cox. ”Chris Kyle was a hero for his courageous efforts protecting our country as a U.S. Navy SEAL during four tours of combat. Moreover, he was a hero for his efforts stateside when he helped develop the FITCO Cares Foundation. What began as a plea for help from Chris looking for in-home fitness equipment for his brothers- and sisters-in-arms struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) became an organization that will carry that torch proudly in his honor,” Cox said in a statement.
Kyle set the record for sniper kills at 150, the most in U.S. military history. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Chris Kyle’s family during this tragic time.
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