Famed American sniper shot dead



In this April 6, 2012, photo, former Navy SEAL and author of the book “American Sniper…” Chris Kyle poses in Midlothian, Texas. Kyle has been fatally shot along with another man on a gun range, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. AP PHOTO/THE FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, PAUL MOSELEY

WASHINGTON—The man hailed as the deadliest military sniper in US history has been shot to death at a Texas firing range, allegedly by a former soldier with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The death of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, 38, was confirmed Sunday by FITCO Cares, a foundation he helped start that worked with returning soldiers to help them cope with PTSD—the same ailment that the alleged shooter is said to have suffered from.

Kyle was also the author of a best-selling book released last year, “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in US Military History.”

“Chris Kyle helped establish this foundation and we are committed to make sure his memory lives on forever,” FITCO said in a eulogy to Kyle posted on its website. “Please pray for all those who loved Chris. He will be forever missed.”

Gun violence

The shooting comes amid a raging debate in the United States over gun violence, especially perpetrated by those suffering from mental or emotional illness, after a series of high-profile shootings.

The effort to ban assault rifles and high-capacity magazines has become a centerpiece of President Barack Obamas’s second-term agenda after a disturbed young man gunned down 20 children and six adults on December 14 in the once quiet town of Newtown, Connecticut, in one of the most notorious of the recent shootings.

Kyle was a former US Navy SEAL sniper credited with killing more than 150 insurgents in Iraq, during four tours of duty, from 1999 to 2009.

He died Saturday at a firing range in Glen Rose, Texas, while helping a soldier recovering from the condition, an ABC affiliate in Dallas, WFAA-TV, reported. A neighbor of Kyle reportedly was also killed.

Suspect arrested

A suspect has been arrested, and was identified as 25-year-old Eddie Routh. WFAA-TV quoted investigators as saying Routh is a former Marine who is believed to suffer from PTSD.

The Dallas Morning News wrote that Kyle was awarded two Silver Stars and five Bronze Stars with Valor for his military service.

The marksman wrote in “American Sniper” that his accuracy as a sniper was so deadly that Iraqi insurgents put a price on his head.

Kyle said in an interview with the daily that he was born for the work of a military marksman. “When I grew up, I only had two dreams,” he told the Dallas Morning News about a year ago.

“One was to be a cowboy and another was to be in the military. I grew up extremely patriotic,” he said.

“By the time I was 24, I decided it was time to go into the military and try it out. It wasn’t exactly the SEALs I was looking for at the time. I just wanted to go into the military and be the best.”

Foundation to continue work

The foundation he led, which said Kyle was survived by a wife and two young children, vowed to continue his work to help soldiers left emotionally and psychologically scarred by combat.

“The FITCO Cares Foundation will always carry the torch to help our brave men and women who have survived combat but are still fighting to survive post-traumatic stress disorder,” it said.

But it said the group first would have to grieve the loss of its founder.

“My heart is breaking,” said Travis Cox, director at FITCO Cares.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

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  • Rovingmoron

    The killer must be a fall guy! There’s something deeper than this.

    • batangpaslit

      RovingGenius, your hunch maybe is perhaps “yes”, or “no”.
      it is yes kung threatened ang dati niang handler na baka mag ibong pipit sia
      it is no kung if out of frustration of his fellow veteran, sa kanya ibinunton ang galit.

      indefensibile naman kasi ang ginawa ng U.S.A. kontra sa Iraq.
      imagine, to invade a sovereign foreign country on the basis of fabricated lie.
      Iraq did not harm U.S.A.; but, were assaulted by America and the Coalition of the Coerced under false grounds.
      masisira nga talaga ang ulo ng isang conscientious soldier pag nag sink in na ang katotohanan na walang kasalanan ang mga Iraqis tapos pinagpapatay sila.
      kung lumaban ang mga Iraqis sa kanila, siempre, karapatan ‘yon ng mga Iraqis to defend their invaded country.

      i have a close friend she too served in Iraq.
      she’s holds the rank of a Colonel—-a Psychiatrist.
      her job is to treat soldiers who are suffering from traumatic and mental disorders.
      after five years of losing contact from each other—-sobra ang sagutan namin sa eMail months before the invasion—she sent a private eMail. last year lang.
      her husband is one of NASA Scientists—a Nuclear Engineer and Physicist.
      i congratualted her for i thought that after having a five year tour of duty in the war zone she got her star rank.
      to my bewilderment she told me that she resigned from her commission as Colonel of the United States Army.
      hindi na nia kaya to defend a case that is founded on false grounds.
      sabi nia sa akin, “Imagine, she and her fellow officers were briefed that Iraq have weapons of mass destruction that poses as threat not only against U.S.A., but to the whole world. However, when we assauled Iraq, they do not even have a single fighter plane, or a naval boat to fire against us?”
      ang hindi daw nia kaya, ay: when the soldiers who went on patrol and she has to treat them for schock because many of these haphazardly trained troops averaging the age of 19 years old shoot kids below 15 years old armed with slingshots and stones with machine gun fire mounted in war tanks, or from their issued automatic weapons.
      the kids they killed armed with slingshots and stones do not even have footwear. worst, the rest of their household siblings who are pre-school kids, their moms are nursing mothers were called too.
      eh, sino ba ang hindi masiraan ng bait kung ang kalaban nila hindi naman tunay na sundalong kalaban?
      this is compounded by the fact that the Iraqis they killed are likewise victims of Saddam Hussien, the dictator that U.S.A. tutored and nurtured to govern Iraq under his dictatorship.

      i have a Kababayan, who lost his mind in Iraq. his own Dad told me.
      nasiraan ng bait dahil ang isang batang Iraqi may bitbit na container—ang laman pagkain.
      niratrat ng mga kasamahan nia dahil pinag dudahan na baka bomba ang bitbit ng bata. nang nakita ng bata ang patrol nila, tumakbong paiwas ang bata sa takot.
      sinigawan ang bata na huminto.
      eh, English ang utos. hindi naman marunong mag English ang lahat na Iraqis.
      nawalan ng bait ang anak ng Kababayan ko.
      it is not surprising if several U.S. troops is suffering this so called traumatic and mental stresses.
      hindi sila shell shocked.
      wala namang gamit ang Iraq Army to fight them off.
      the invasion did not tarry long, dahil nga ang Iraq have no power to resist.
      nagka trauma/mental disorder ang mga sundalo dahil sa kanilang karanasan na naging berdugo sila sa mga Iraqis na wala namang ginawang kasalaman sa U.S.A.
      personal ang galit ni Bush kay Saddam
      ginamit ni Bush ang resources at ang U.S. Armed Forces to exact his hatred.
      in the process, the innocents like the pre-school kids and Iraqi nursing mothers got slain.
      marami pang barilan sa U.S.A. ang mangyari.
      with the shooting of the school age children by their own kababayan, they will realize how it is to lose innocent child meaninglessly killed.

      • albert13

        i have been there in iraq on the period that you have mentioned. i wish i can agree with your statements but i cannot. i too suffered from ptsd after returning from iraq. through my experiences in iraq, i have learned to keep my big mouth shut until i know what i am talking about. maraming salamat po.

      • batangpaslit

        Albert, are you an armed combatant?
        you are a civilian posted in Iraq?

        were you in Iraq as a U.S. paid organic personnel of U.S. based org?

        what I stated is an specific case related by real people.
        perhaps, you have not killed an innocent Iraqi child. but, it does not follow, your non-experience of killing a nursing Iraqi mother do not negate the truth that some of your comrade-in-arms, if you are a soldier, killed innocent Iraqis.
        if you were a soldier, you were indoctrinated to keep your mouth shut.
        but if you are honest and true—true to what is just and what is right, you will speak up for truth.

        i do not think Col N would lie of what she related after resigning her commission as a Colonel.
        i do not think Prof M whose son lost his mind would fabricate his depression because his son turned insane.
        the duo spoke to me since they seek healing from their pain. they cannot speak up publicly. they have reasons of their own why they opt to privately suffer, rather than expose their tragic experience publicly.

        there are several factors why people get mental disorder. yours must be of different case.
        albeit, Bro, i’ll pray for your healing.

        i cannot disclose to you through this forum why i have a strong sentiment against the invasion of Iraq.
        and i am not speaking as a mere bystander.
        as early as 1995, i am in privy of the assault for Twin Towers by the group of Osama Bin Laden.
        the info was passed on to U.S.A. investigative agencies.
        our report was dismissed because our listening devise is not as sophisticated installed by U.S.A.
        we got the info not from listening.
        we have hard documentary evidence from the possession of one of the bayaw of Osama.

        i do not want to exacerbate your condition, hence, , i’ll skip outlining to you the rest of my struggle for speaking the truth.
        but, repeating myself, how you got your PTSD is not my concern.
        my concern, is: to pray for you that may you would be able to recover from your present state that oppresses you

      • BIGButo

        I agree with you Albert

      • D_BystandeR

        It likewise puzzles me no end that in America countless senseless killings have happened at the hands of their fellow Americans. And this is happening even to 20 innocent kindergarten toddlers like what happened in a school in Newtown, Connecticut. Looking back at the atrocities of American soldiers in the war front, I could only sigh with disbelief, as we Filipinos are taught about “karma.” I agree to your info that in war soldiers kill even infants with nursing mothers. I asked a 
        friend of mine who is a Boholano who told me he was once assigned in a “no man’s land” in Mindanao “hot spots” at the height of Marcos martial law regime,
        “How can you kill an infant with his nursing mother, with you being a Catholic?”
        And he replied, “We did not do that in close range but rather at a distance so we will not be bothered by our conscience.” It’s really hard for them to kill their innocent victims with their eyes looking at them and pleading for mercy.

      • BIGButo

        Don’t forget the 20 or so Filipino’s that were killed by the NPA a few days ago they were riding on the back of a truck and gunned down by Filipino NPA. They were all innocent victims pleading for mercy to!

  • w33k3nd3r

    Live by the gun, die by the gun. RIP

    • batangpaslit

      am about to say that too

    • farmerpo

       Ditto. Could not die any other way.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UWXUQZQDNSRTVWMFCUHAYA7OOA John

    sharp shooter is gone with the wind

    • D_BystandeR

      That is what the Lord Jesus Christ pointed out to St. Peter who hacked a soldier looking for Him. The man’s ear was hit and fell to the ground. The Lord picked it up and attached it back to the man’s cut ear like he was pasting it with a natural glue. Then he turned to Peter and said, “Peter, put your sword back to its sheath. Don’t you know that a man who lives by the sword perishes with the sword?” And this is only naturally expected for Chris Kyle, the man hailed as the deadliest military sniper in US history, to die like this. Just imagine, he has claimed to have snatched 150 lives of Iraqis as a sniper in Irag during the Gulf War. And the Iraqis, much as they would like to get even with him cannot do it by themselves. But God who knows about Kyle’s life and his “bloody” background had entrusted the revenge of his victims at the hands of a fellow soldier who also suffered “post-traumatic stress disorder” (PTSD) from war.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/A3B5B7CAS25M3OSQSEBXPKDEIU zafirol

         So how did Jesus died?

      • divictes

        Jesus was a carpenter. Carpenters crafted his cross, Carpenters nailed Him on it.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BQ3ZZ7UKLRGHXAV7LMDSXWM5IQ Nong

        ask leo paras baka alam ayon sa logic nya

      • $5699914

        such nonsense reasoning you have there…

      • pepito gwaps

        Malaki ang posibilidad ng disgrasya kapag andon ka lagi sa area na risky o ginagawa mo lagi ang mga activities na risky so kung swimmer ka pwede kang malunod so kung electrician ka ay anytime pwede ka ring makuryente. However unnatural deaths are like “disgrasyang napuruhan ka” at wala kang kaalam alam. Like Sept 11 twin towers attack, if you are inside the building how you can survive? Death is like a thief coz you dont know when will come and how will come to everyone of us, it is just around the corner. Better read the bible, do good or pray always so that the fear of death will be removed out of our mind.

  • OleSapra aka ARGUS

    1. Ang nabubuhay sa baril, sa baril din mamamatay – ‘gaya ni Chris Kyle.

    2. Ang nabubuhay sa jueteng, sa jueteng din mamamatay – ‘gaya ni Siman.

    3. Ang nabubuhay sa “makapal na sobre” – sa makapal na sobre din, AYON SA KASABIHAN, mamamatay !!!

    Attn: Neal Cruz, Ramon Tulfo at mga kauri nila, ingatan sana n’yo ang buhay n’yo, oke? 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UWXUQZQDNSRTVWMFCUHAYA7OOA John

      Bakit ang mga Pineda sa Pampanga, the gambling lord in jueteng ay buhay pa, bagkus ang asawa na si Lilia Pineda ay governor pa ng Pampanga. tsk,tsk, gtsk.

      • batangpaslit

        John, marunong is Pineda…hindi sia nang agaw ng territoryo. Kaya, hindi galit sa kanya ang kapuwa nia economic saboteurs.
        Pineda is contented to operate in Pampangga. Ilan ba population ng bayan nila?
        He “financed” other operators; but, he avoids “overstepping” the territory of other operators.  

    • bongarroyo

      Ang nabubuhay sa neck brace at wheelchair ay saan naman mamamatay?

      • D_BystandeR

        Di sa “neck brace” din at sa kanyang wheelchair. Hehehe.

      • droccu

        Di pa yan mamamatay at “masamang damo yan”….heh heh.

      • Immortal

        Final Destination type ang pagkamatay.

    • kontra_boohaya

      Cold reality is that sa number 3 above, may mataas (at cozy) na pwesto sa government o nagiging politicians sila pag retiro para tuloy ang buhay sa “makapal na sobre.”

  • batangpaslit

    i almost bought a copy of the book last Fall. but my scruples prompted me from buying it.
    i vehmently protested the invasion of Iraq when Irad did no wrong against the U.S., and the Great Britain
    imagine, a nation bullied by 50 States of U.S.A., plus Great Britain, and Australia.
    am glad, Canada, declined to join the Coalition of the Coerced to invade a sovereign country on false grounds—the fabricated weapons of mass destruction.

    • BIGButo

      Iraq is now a free country and the dictator Saddam is gone Iraq can now move ahead as a free nation and not under such a cruel leader like Saddam

      • huseng_batute

        But is that the real reason why they invaded Iraq?

        Saddam’s invasion of Kuwait was the perfect reason to throw him out of power.   Uncle Sam just drove him out of Kuwait and let him stay in power.

      • robertcarino

        yup.  saddam is gone.  iraq is now free of a cruel tyrant.  iraq is now ruled by thousands of warlords and religious fanatics.  and contrary to US expectations, they did not find an intact oil industry.  hundreds of thousands have been killed since the invasion and dozens continue to be killed daily. Fallujah.  Abu Ghraib.  was it worth it?  why don’t you go to Iraq and ask them?

      • BIGButo

        Good idea

  • Komen To

    Those who lives by the bullet, dies by the bullet

  • rjimenez1226

    The war in Iraq is a crime against humanity and this guy was profitting from an unjust war.

  • Immortal

    Killed by a fellow country men not by insurgents outside the US, tsk tsk tsk. Total Gun ban sa buong mundo ang kailangan.

  • ever green

    ironic….shot by someone your trying to help…

  • jahred

    About Foulplay Or Identity Deletion ! ???

    everything or anything military related news is…

     ” What happens in Barracks will Lock Up In Barracks “

  • Yanong_OFW

    That’s life…sinapian yung bumaril ng mga kaluluwang pinatay nya sa Iraq..

    • jahred

      im a fan of tom clancy novel !

      and maybe you’ A fan of stephen king, alfred hitchcock or peque gallaga writings 0(‘-‘)0

      • eyeshield

        tom clancy rock!! m/

  • blunderact

    He will continue to fight in afterlife against those he killed..

    • divictes

      Nahhh, I don’t think so. His victims would be too busy figuring out what to do or how to please their quota of 72 virgins…he he he 

  • bugoybanggers

    Iyan ang napala sa taong masyadong magaling. Buhay talaga, kahit ano pa ang galing mo dapat maging simple ka kasi kung ipagmamayabang mo at may scoreboard ka pa.. yari ka sa pinaka simpleng patayan. Swerte niya dahil sundalo (may tupak) din ang nakapatay sa kanya, eh kung bata baka mas nakakahiya.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYX4ZTAV4BUGW2RIMT45CPYBGA Pio Gante

    i hope he finds peace now, peace that he once had defended but eventually became part of it’s destruction.

  • $18209031

    Warfreak s na mga Kano, wala bang budget na kayo sa mental cases ninyo? Lahat kasi pera nyo pinaggamit sa pagbibili ng bala , missiles, planes ,ships , tanks and new weaponry. Ano naman kayo, sobrang addicted to guns and ammo, wala nang pangpagamot sa mga sira ulos.

    Oh well itong pinatay ay killer rin . He got rich by writing his book and extoling his deeds as a sniper. Ang daming bumibili talaga yan pero patay din sya. HE was probably better than the Marne sniper Hitchcok in Nam bec this guy had used the best sniper equipment in modern times. His highpowered scopes and bullets are way better than the old ones. Dios ko po,sira na ang mga pag iisip mga ito.

    • pepito gwaps

      Hindi yata naintindihan. La answer.

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    coming home to roost

    r i p

  • delpillar

    Although there were only 93 confirmed killed target (plus 300 more unconfirmed killed), CARLOS HATHCOCK of the US Marine in Vietnam is still the best sniper for me.

    Sniper best skill is not to kill the target on his/her head. (That is only about 20% of what sniper is).

    80% of Sniper skills is about concea and scaping at a minimal firepower supports like B52, F16, A10 Warthog, Apache etc.

    CARLOS HATHCOCK was parachuted alone in NorthVietnam, near the boarder and he himself alone went to the North Vietnamese Army Brigade and killed the Commanding Brigadier General. From there, he ran and was hunted by several battalions of NVA until he reached the 50km back to South Vietnam where he was picked up by fellow US Marines.

    NVA sent several dozens best sniper to kill him but everyone was killed, some in the eye because he hit the telescope and was faster than the Vietnamese sniper by 0.5 sec.

    • jahred

      Some Of The Great Sniper I Know Was Found In The Bario ( Bukid ) Philippines

      The Backyard Poultry Chicken Of The Neighborhood Was Mysteriuosly Disappeared Without Traced 0(‘-‘)0

    • https://me.yahoo.com/a/iV0XkkNontlsHWTkG2jcuz.PB64A#6b054 F alonso

       “CARLOS HATHCOCK of the US Marine in Vietnam is still the best sniper for me.”You might have seen him in movie or researched your info from Google.These are all fabricated because no one can confirm this on site,not from himself or from the NVA.They may have the best sniper in Vietnam,but they lost the war there browe,so what’s the use.The US may have the best Naval Navigators in the history of mankind but they Rammed their ship on the Reef causing severe damage to our Corals.What else do you know and appreciate from them brotha?

      • delpillar

        where is your proof that the story about Carlos Hathcock is fabricated. Show us the link or source (other than your own sitcom and column in your own beautiful mind.

        I have CATV both in my house in the US and here in the Philippines so I can watch History Channel, National Geographic, etc.

        Don’t think that 3rd party verifier teams/organisations in the US and in other countries are the same (almost all) BAD quality of verifiers/organisations (3rd Party) in the Philippines which often resort to doctoring or fabricating results just to suit the expectation of or to please their Filipino clients.

  • panhase

    It´s always tragic when a human dies a violent death, specially for his family, for his kids. I do hope his soul may find peace.
     But reading the headline some thoughts came to my mind. When I was younger, I did serve in the Army. Among my friends are former soldiers and active soldiers, some of them commandos. They seldom talk about their past missions, their experiences. And on the few occasions they do talk, they are certainly not grandstanding. Reading the title of the book I am sure that I will never buy it.

  • Hunter421


  • Garote

    It’s about time that psychotropic drugs for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental disorders be prohibited. The gun-shooting rampages in schools, on the streets or in public places were caused by these drugs. The pharmaceutical companies should be sanctioned and those responsible imprisoned for commercially selling these dangerous, mind-altering drugs that caused the patients who took these drugs to commit mass killings and suicides.

  • PHtaxpayer

    He was a mass murderer and war criminal like the other American soldiers who invaded Iraq in 2003 without the approval of the UN Security Council.  Saddam did not have any WMD nor had connections to 9/11 but Bush lied about it – a US Select Committee on Intelligence later found out.

    He killed 160 people and is considered a hero?? 

    Live by the gun, die by the gun!

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/iV0XkkNontlsHWTkG2jcuz.PB64A#6b054 F alonso

    Even if you are the best shooter in US Military history, there’s somebody out there born to shoot you down.RIP soldier.

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/iV0XkkNontlsHWTkG2jcuz.PB64A#6b054 F alonso

    Anyone can be a sniper if his rifle is equipped with ti tech telescope or laser as the case maybe.
    Add more hype to your story,then obviously you’ll be the best in the world.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RB77HFWKYPOOSGRUY4BZD6RJ4U Ronald

    violence begets violence

  • pasaway008ako

    If your rifle is good, has a scope, then you can shoot, be it a sniper or not. It has nothing to do with 2nd amendment! many people don’t understand the meaning of the 2nd amendment. 

    • JuanTamadachi

      “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

      The above, written in plain simple English by the framers of the USA constitution, should be enough to make them comprehend the purview of the 2nd amendment.

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