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Ex-NAVY SEAL KILLED @ TX Shooting Range
1 year ago

http://www.northjersey.com/news/national/Ex-Navy_SEAL_killed_at_Texas_shooting_range.html

 

Ex-Navy SEAL killed at Texas shooting range

Monday February 4, 2013, 6:48 AM
Associated Press

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — The former top Navy SEAL sniper who authorities say was killed at a Texas shooting range was devoted to maintaining camaraderie and helping his fellow veterans find their way after leaving active duty.

In this April 6, 2012, photo, former Navy SEAL and author of the book 'American Sniper', Chris Kyle poses in Midlothian, Texas.
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In this April 6, 2012, photo, former Navy SEAL and author of the book 'American Sniper', Chris Kyle poses in Midlothian, Texas.

Chris Kyle, author of the best-selling book "American Sniper," and his friend Chad Littlefield apparently were doing just that Saturday when, officials say, they were shot and killed by former Marine Eddie Ray Routh.

Kyle, 38, had left the Navy in 2009 after four tours of duty in Iraq, where he earned a reputation as one of the military's most lethal snipers. But he quickly found a way to maintain contact with his fellow veterans and pass on what had helped him work through his own struggles. By late 2011, he filed the paperwork to establish the nonprofit FITCO Cares, which received its nonprofit status the following spring, said FITCO director Travis Cox.

"Chris struggled with some things," Cox said. "He'd been through a lot and he handled it with grace, but yeah he did struggle with some things. And he found a healthy outlet and was proactive in his approach to deal with those issues and wanted to help spread his healing, what worked for him, to others. And that's what he died doing."

For Kyle that healthy outlet was exercise. At the heart of FITCO was giving in-home fitness equipment to physically and emotionally wounded veterans, as well as families who had lost a veteran, Cox said.

Littlefield, a 35-year-old friend and neighbor, was Kyle's "workout buddy," and also volunteered his time to work with veterans, Cox said. He was married and had children as well.

"He's a very gentle, sweet-hearted man, just a great man, kind of quiet," Cox said of Littlefield. "He just really cared. ... He wanted to do whatever he could to help veterans and help see that vision of serving others that Chris had. He shared that vision with all of us. He was a great man."

Cox said he understood that Kyle and Littlefield were helping Routh work through his own PTSD, but that he did not know how they came into contact. He said it was not a FITCO session.

Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant on Sunday offered a similar description of the situation.

"It's my understanding that the suspect may have been suffering from some type of mental illness from being in the military himself," he said of Routh.

He said Routh's mother may have reached out to Kyle for help with her son.

"We kind of have an idea that maybe that's why they were at the range for some type of therapy that Mr. Kyle assists people with," Bryant said.

Bryant didn't know whether Routh was on any medication or whether he had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Authorities say the three men arrived at the Rough Creek Lodge southwest of Fort Worth around 3:15 p.m. Saturday. A hunting guide discovered the bodies of Kyle and Littlefield around 5 p.m. and called 911.

Routh allegedly left in Kyle's pickup and went to his sister's in Midlothian. He told what he had done and left. She called police and Routh was eventually found at his home in Lancaster. After a short pursuit he was arrested.

Routh was being held on $3 million bail in the Erath County Jail. Authorities said they believed he had requested a court-appointed attorney. Calls to his home were not answered Sunday.

Kyle was also president of a security training firm Craft International. Craft had scheduled a $2,950-per-person civilian training event at Rough Creek Lodge called the "Rough Creek Shoot Out!" for March 1-3. The price included lodging, meals and shooting instruction. Kyle was scheduled to teach the first class, called "precision rifle."

But the work with veterans through FITCO was Kyle's passion, Cox said.

FITCO Cares offered life coaching for veterans, a daily support group and weekly group counseling. Sometimes veterans in other states would video conference in to counseling sessions, Cox said.

Kyle was always recognized at events, but would deflect attention to other veterans, quickly introducing and praising those around him.

"That camaraderie is usually missed once the veteran gets out of the military," said Cox, himself a former Marine sniper. "The authentic relationships that you develop in the military, especially overseas and in combat are some of the most meaningful, authentic relationships that one

1 year ago

"The authentic relationships that you develop in the military, especially overseas and in combat are some of the most meaningful, authentic relationships that one can have and it's missed. And so we tried to create a means through this group of veterans that can gather and talk about things that they're dealing with."

"He (Kyle) didn't have any fear at all as far as working with an extreme case," Cox said. "Just like in combat he would take it on head on and do whatever he could to give these guys assistance. There was no fear in helping anyone that may have an extreme case. He was willing to help anyone in need."

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Christopher Sherman contributed reporting from McAllen, Texas.

1 year ago

Disturbed ex-soldiers need to be really scrutinized today; they need MEDICAL HELP not GUNS!

 

This should NEVER have happened.

 

Better BACKGROUND CHECKS NEED TO HAPPEN NOW.

 

Let's stop the stupidness people.

 

I have signed up to work on Obama's program to get background checks done before letting people have weapons.  Yes, they contacted me for my support and I said YES.

 

This has absolutely nothing to do with prohibition of 2nd Amendment rights.  It is about keeping Americans safe from lunatics.   It is all about getting better mental health for people who need it and making sure they are not getting guns.

1 year ago

http://rt.com/usa/news/sniper-charged-killing-texas-361/

 

this is another story on the murder.  It shows arrest and booking of the marine who shot Chris in the back.



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1 year ago

I was wondering how long it would take before you were back in Obama's camp, Sheila.  Not long at all!  

  

 About disturbed soldiers with guns.... End the CAUSE of disturbed soldiers, dont pussy foot around with treating the symptoms as a solution!, and stop pretending a "background check" is going to protect ANYONE from a madman with a gun he gets either legally with difficulty, or one he gets with ease  illegally.

 

AND GOOD LUCK KEEPING GUNS FROM ANYONE WHO WANTS ONE!!!!!!  What part of this reality dont you get, Sheila?

1 year ago

Katii, I am NOT in Obamas camp, I am in for background checks and you don't just get it, always finger pointing.

 

I want to KNOW what the hell Obama and the democrats are up to, best way is to go in there for myself.  I will work on pushing background checks for all gun sales but I want to see what the hell they are doing.

 

You and many others sit there and read Godlike Productions, Ulsterman Reports and many other right wing sites which fabricate stories to fit their agendas.

 

You have NO inkling what the truth is or what is going on because you NEVER get directly involved.  

 

I can always walk away.

 

I am very very concerned what propoganda Obama people will push onto young people.

I will provide email that I got.  They are BRILLIANT.  They are organizing on a grassroots level to get the YOUNG on their side, doing so on a top down management approach within neighborhoods of urban areas first then reaching out all over.

 

Yes, it sounds like Hitler's brown shirt movement but I am not going in that craziness yelling that Obama is a communist, Hitler Nazi ... he is using his campaign to be successful.

 

Same old Katii, jumping bandwagons way too fast and finger pointing. 

Get out there GIRL and do something rather than live your life on the internet complaining.   

The GOVT. Already KNOWs Violent Mental Patients!
1 year ago

This whole story has me really mad.

He was shot in the back by a fellow marine he was helping.

This guy was sick and nuts, he should have been getting professional mental help.

Chris was too kind, he was young and too caring for his fellow marine corps buddies.

Sorry, I do NOT believe everyone should have guns even if they served in marine corp, army etc.

Background checks need to be done.   Mental health counseling for returning vets from Iraq, Afghanistan should be MANDATORY.

I believe in 2nd Amendment but I do not want the crazies having guns to kill.

It is out of control now.

Yesterday, Chris Wallace on Fox killed that arse hole Wayne from the NRA.  He is a bloviating idiot to say the least.

Regarding HIPPA laws and the govt.  don't be a damm fool, if you are crazy, believe me the government has records of your craziness.   All episodes of violence and restraints are reported to the Federal Government.  They know who these violent, insane people are and therefore, there is no infringement of health records there.

If you want your mental records private, don't be violent in the hospital, that is an alert that the hospitals must provide to govt.  state and federal.

These people, should NEVER have guns.  

1 year ago

Same old Sheila, finger pointing and making declarations that are a lie. You, SL said you were joining "OBAMA'S" initiative, not me. That puts you "in his camp." You are like a battered wife. I don't know what "Godlike Productions" is, or whatever that other name you mentioned is, so ... that excuse for ignoring reality isn't going to wash. Unless I am sharing someone else's information and I provide a link to a source, you have know idea where I glean my information, Sheila. When you aim to disparage someone, you really should get your facts about them straight before you start making wild and false accusations about them. You should know to do that by now, Sheila.

1 year ago

same ole katii.

I want background checks.

I will work in my area to make sure that background checks are implemented nationwide..

I am NOT joining Obama, I am going to monitor this grass roots movement, watch what they are doing and the only thing I am going to work on is background checks implemented nationwide on all gun sales and making sure the young understand that the Constitutuion is irrevokable; it is not a living document to be rewritten by liberals at their whim.

It is a irrevokable document and as Judge Scalia told the elementary school kids on a visit to the Supreme Court; it is DEAD.  They told him it was a living doc. and he said no it is not; it is dead.  In other words, it cannot be rewritten.

I don't waste my time on net arguing with people who have closed minds.

I need to reach the younger people who will decide the fate of this country.

You start the shyte Katii, you always want to argue.  I don't.

I am tired of all the misinformation on Care2 groups.

1 year ago

same ole katii.

 

I want background checks.

I will work in my area to make sure that background checks are implemented nationwide..

 

I am NOT joining Obama, I am going to monitor this grass roots movement, watch what they are doing and the only thing I am going to work on is background checks implemented nationwide on all gun sales and making sure the young understand that the Constitutuion is irrevokable; it is not a living document to be rewritten by liberals at their whim.

 

It is a irrevokable document and as Judge Scalia told the elementary school kids on a visit to the Supreme Court; it is DEAD.  They told him it was a living doc. and he said no it is not; it is dead.  In other words, it cannot be rewritten.

 

I don't waste my time on net arguing with people who have closed minds.

I need to reach the younger people who will decide the fate of this country.

 

You start the shyte Katii, you always want to argue.  I don't.

I am tired of all the misinformation on Care2 groups.

 

 

1 year ago

same ole katii.

I want background checks.

I will work in my area to make sure that background checks are implemented nationwide..

I am NOT joining Obama, I am going to monitor this grass roots movement, watch what they are doing and the only thing I am going to work on is background checks implemented nationwide on all gun sales and making sure the young understand that the Constitutuion is irrevokable; it is not a living document to be rewritten by liberals at their whim.

It is a irrevokable document and as Judge Scalia told the elementary school kids on a visit to the Supreme Court; it is DEAD.  They told him it was a living doc. and he said no it is not; it is dead.  In other words, it cannot be rewritten.

I don't waste my time on net arguing with people who have closed minds.

I need to reach the younger people who will decide the fate of this country.

You start the shyte Katii, you always want to argue.  I don't.

I am tired of all the misinformation on Care2 groups.

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