Thousands attend memorial service of slain ex-Navy SEAL sniper
Arlington, TX, United States (4E) – An estimated 7,000 people attended the memorial service for slain ex-Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle at the Texas Cowboys stadium Monday afternoon.
Family and friends of Kyle remembered the war hero, who together with fellow former soldier Chad Littlefield, were shot dead Saturday by a former soldier at a shooting range near Glen Rose.
Kyle’s wife, Tara, spoke to the crowd recalling how her husband accepted her flaws without any hesitation during a date.
“You’re a package deal, babe. I love you, all of you,” she quoted Kyle as saying.
Boyhood friends and fellow soldiers, including past and present members of the Navy SEAL, also paid their tribute to Kyle citing his sharpshooting skill saved the lives of other soldiers. Kyle was regarded as the most lethal American sniper with 160 confirmed kills during his military career.
Country stars Randy Travis and Joe Nichols performed live at the close of the service.
Kyle, who co-authored the book American Sniper that tells of his exploits, will be laid to rest at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin on Tuesday. The funeral procession will start from his hometown in Midlothian with the Patriot Guard Riders escorting the casket.