NOTE: We’ll be posting more videos of the memorial service as they become available. Please check back later.
UPDATE: Click HERE to watch the memorial service in its entirety.
Huge lines of people began forming outside Cowboys Stadium on Monday to attend a memorial service for Chris Kyle, the former Navy SEAL sniper who was slain last week near Glen Rose.
At about 11:30 a.m., parking lots outside of the stadium were filling up quickly for the 1 p.m. service at the 80,000-seat stadium.
The crowd entered slowly into the stadium with the hymn Mansions of the Lord playing on the P.A. system and images of Chris Kyle on the jumbo screen.
No politicians were expected to speak at the service, however, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin posted on her Facebook that she and her husband, Todd, were attending the memorial. “I find it sad to see that flags aren’t flying at half staff for this American hero,” Palin wrote on the page.
Kyle, co-author of the book American Sniper, will be buried in the Texas State Cemetery in Austin on Tuesday. The Patriot Guard Riders have announced that they will escort the hearse from Arlington to Austin.
Free parking was available in Lots 1, 2 and 10, nearest to East Randol Mill Road and North Collins Street. People will enter the stadium at Gates A and K on the north side.
“In honor of the reverence this memorial service deserves, Chris Kyle’s family has asked that the general public not take photographs or record video during the ceremony,” police spokeswoman Tiara Richard said. “No cameras will be allowed inside.”
Also, no bags, purses or substantial handheld items will be allowed, Richard said.
Nancy Clayton, office manager of Midlothian Funeral Home, which is handling arrangements, said Kyle’s family will have a private funeral separate from the public memorial service.
Kyle, 38, and friend Chad Littlefield, 35, both of Midlothian, were shot to death Saturday at the Rough Creek Lodge near Glen Rose.
Comes from Victory Girls, in response to those miscreants who mocked the death of American hero Chris Kyle
I’ll get straight to the point today. Most of humanity is gifted a sense of empathy and a soul, and then there are those who should be fed broken glass thrice daily with gasoline chasers to wash it down. I like to call those people “liberals”.
It is powerful, go read the entire post. And I love the final line, advising us how to address these types of bottom feeders who spend half their time bemoaning “Right Wing vitriol” and the other half engaging in Left Wing vitriol
“Bless your little hypocritical heart, fuck you.”
Some people are just foul, and beneath contempt. Twitchy has the Tweets, if you can stand to read them. Personally I could not. Those that “LOL” or talk of “Karma” when a hero falls, a hero that fought to preserve the rights of these miscreants are evil. If they truly believe in Karma, you would think they would keep their mouths shut.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the non-profit organization that Chris helped establish, my heart is breaking. Our foundation, FITCO Cares, this country and most importantly, his wife Taya and their children, lost a dedicated father and husband, a lifelong patriot and an American hero.
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.
Chris died doing what he filled his heart with passion – serving soldiers struggling with the fight to overcome PTSD. His service, life and premature death will never be in vain. May God watch over his family and all those who considered Chris a true friend.
He will forever be missed.
The news stunned me last night. It broke my heart for his wife, his children, his family and fiends. This nation was built on the actions of heroes and heroes like Chris have kept this nation free and strong. Sometimes we forget that these men, the Green Berets, SEALS, Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance, and all the rest of our Special Forces, are just men. They are so highly trained, so skilled, such great warriors that we forget they are mortal. God bless every one of them for their devotion to duty, their sacrifice, and their continuation of the American legacy of heroism.
On Twitter this lady, Tamara Jolee seems to have some good information
Said alleged suspect Routh displayed aggression, “mental issues” all the way back in HS. Later became Marine and aggression “accelerated”
Other victim along with Chris Kyle is Chad Littlefield, also from here. Both leave behind wives and children.
Her friend is married to the second victim.
According to this story at the Dallas Morning News Chris Kyle was shot to death today
Lancaster Police arrested a man in connection with a double slaying in Erath County. Unconfirmed media reports say one of the dead is top Navy Seals sniper Chris Kyle.
Police saw a suspect matching the description of the man wanted in Erath County. After a short chase, they arrested Eddie Routh, 25.
WFAA is reporting that Kyle died like the hero he was
Two people were killed Saturday at a gun range in Erath County.
Three sources tell News 8 that one of the victims was Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL and author of the New York Times bestselling book, “American Sniper.”
Kyle was shot point-blank while helping another soldier who is recovering from post traumatic stress syndrome, News 8 learned.
An alert was issued for the suspect, who was believed to be driving a black Ford F-350 truck with large tires and rims.
Police have reportedly captured the suspect in Lancaster, south of Dallas. The suspect was believed to be highly trained with military experience
The shooting location is 53 miles southwest of Fort Worth.
More updates as I get them. Please pray for Chris’s wife and two children.
It is being reported that the man arrested is Eddie Routh, 25. I found an Eddie Routh that graduated from Midlothian High School in 2006, so the age would match. Midlothian is just south of me. This report claims the man arrested was a Marine from Midlothian, Texas. The first question I have is was the man they were helping the one that killed them?
Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL and author of the best-selling book American Sniper, and a second person were shot and killed Saturday at a gun range in Erath County, U.S. Marshals said.
Late Saturday, Lancaster police arrested a man who they say matched the description of a man wanted in connection with the slayings. After a brief chase, officers arrested 25-year-old Eddie Ray Routh, according to Lancaster police spokesperson Kelly Hooten.
Reporting on the shootings, the Stephenville Empire-Tribune said Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant would not discuss the victims. But the newspaper said that a source working at Rough Creek Lodge, which has a gun range at which the newspaper reported the slayings occurred, confirmed that one of the victims was Kyle.
Apparently, Kyle and the others were attending a veterans charity event
A close friend tells Breitbart News that Chris Kyle was at a veterans’ charity event, helping a fellow military member learn sniper shooting technique, and that he was shot by a Marine suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome. The suspect, Eddie Ray Routh, has been arrested in Lancaster, Texas in connection with the shooting.
So if that report is true, it seems to indicate that Kyle was not shot by the man he was helping. Unless I am just misreading it somehow.
Pat Dollard has gotten a tip that this is a picture of Routh
Thanks to a tip to PatDollard.com, we found what is apparently a picture of the assumed killer of Navy Seal sniper Chris Kyle.
The apparent shooter is Eddie Ray Routh, 25, “a former Marine who is said to suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome.”
Here is another update from the local NBC affiliate
Empire-Tribune reporter Sara Vanden Berge told NBC 5 that it did not sound like an accidental shooting but appeared to be an intentional shooting.
Vanden Berge said Kyle was at the shooting range with the suspect and another man. She said her understanding was that Kyle had an open invitation to visit and use the range at Rough Creek and did not have a guide with him.
A source told her that the man suspected in the shootings was a veteran and may have been doing some sort of shooting therapy, she told NBC 5.
Lancaster police confirmed that Routh was arrested Saturday night and that he was a wanted murder suspect.
Imagine what would happen if a man in a bar told a group of Navy SEALs that he:
* Disagrees with the war.
* Believes they (the military) are murderers, killing innocent people… men, women and children
* Thought they probably deserve to lose a few of their own.
You are probably wondering if the guy making the offensive comments is still alive.
He is alive, and he also happens to be Jesse Ventura, a SEAL alum/reservist and the former governor of Minnesota.
Making matters worse, Ventura’s comments were directed at Chris Kyle, the Navy SEAL known as “the military’s deadliest sniper.”
This little known incident was brought out during an interview on SiriusXM’s Opie and Anthony radio show on Wednesday. Speaking exclusively to The Blaze, Gregg “Opie” Hughes explained that he had a tip to ask Kyle about his run-in with Jesse Ventura. So Opie casually brought it up and the story unfolded.
It was in 2006 when Ventura and the SEALs happened to be in the same bar, for very different reasons. The SEALs were holding a wake to honor a lost member of their team. Jesse was in town to speak to some new graduates of the SEAL program. During his military career from 1969-75, Ventura was a member of the Navy’s elite Underwater Demolition Team or UDT (the UDT was the precursor to the SEALs) and Jesse is a SEAL reservist. You might expect that sharing the history of membership in an elite military unit would garner a lifetime of mutual respect. Not so with Ventura.
As stated above, the SEALs were in the bar to mourn the loss of team member. They had gathered with the family of Medal of Honor recipient Mike Mansoor when Ventura made it known to many that he did not agree with the war. Kyle claims that he approached the former governor, and asked him to keep it down, informing Jesse that the family of the deceased was also with them.
That’s when Ventura unleashed more of his insensitive comments and Kyle reportedly countered with a one-punch knockdown.
Earlier this week, The Blaze featured a story about Chris Kyle and his autobiography that explains his amazing prowess with a rifle. We know now that Chris is also accurate with his fists and at close range.
Here’s the interview from the Opie and Anthony show on Wednesday. Chris Kyle explained the encounter with Jesse “the Body” Ventura.
(Content warning, this video contains what the Navy might call “salty language:”)
Following the interview, “Opie” says that Chris Kyle told him that very few people knew about the Jesse Ventura incident and that his source must be “very inside.”
(H/T: Opie and Anthony – @opieradio on Twitter)