Family of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle releases first statement concerning Kyle’s death

By K’Leigh Bedingfield – 

According to The Blaze, Jeff Kyle released a statement on Monday regarding the deaths of his brother, former Navy SEAL sniper, Chris Kyle and friend, Chad Littlefield.

Accused gunman Eddie Routh allegedly shot Chris Kyle and Littlefield at Rough Creek Lodge in Glen Rose, Texas, on Saturday, Feb. 2.

(Photos courtesy of Harper Collins and Fort Worth Star Telegram, respectively)

(Photos courtesy of Harper Collins and
Fort Worth Star-Telegram, respectively)

“My name is Jeff Kyle. I’m here representing my family, the Kyle family, and also the Littlefield family. I am reading a prepared statement prepared by the Kyle family and the Littlefield family,” Kyle said.

“Chris Kyle and trusted friend, Chad Littlefield, were tragically killed on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, by a troubled veteran whom they were trying to help,” Kyle said. “Chris lived by a professional motto: ‘It is our duty to serve those who serve us.’ And he and Chad died honoring his creed.”

“Above all else, Chris was a unique individual, an amazing, loving father, husband, son, brother, friend and devout Christian who had a profound effect on the lives of those that he touched,” Kyle continued. “Chris was publicly known for being the president of Craft International and the author of the best-selling book American Sniper. Chris, a former Navy SEAL, served four combat tours in operation Iraqi Freedom and elsewhere.”

Jeff Kyle finished the statement by adding, “We’re all saddened by his tragic death. And America has truly lost one of its finest sons and a true patriot.”


K’Leigh Bedingfield is a junior Broadcast Journalism student from Clifton, Texas. She currently is a staff writer for Texan News Service.

Follow her on Twitter @BedingfieldK 


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