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Chris Kyle, the former Navy sniper who proudly said that he killed a record number of insurgents during his time in the military, was killed over the weekend at a gun range in Texas. The American Sniper author and another veteran was reportedly killed by Eddie Ray Routh, a troubled veteran he was trying to help.
According to CNN, Kyle and Chad Littlefield were killed on Saturday at the Rough Creek Lodge and Resort in Glen Rose, Texas. Four hours later, authorities arrested Routh, 25, on charges of capital murder.
Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant said that the suspect had admitted to his sister that he killed the two men, but the motive is still unknown. “(Routh) is the only one that knows that,” Erath County Sheriff's Capt. Jason Upshaw told the media Sunday.
After Kyle left the Navy, he became an advocate for veterans’ health, co-founding the FITCO Cares Foundation, reports NPR.
According to The Star-Telegram, Jodi Leigh Routh, Routh’s mother, reached out for Kyle’s help for her son. Routh, who spent four years in the Marines, had been suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorcer and his mother thought Kyle could help, a friend told the publication.
“We have an idea that that’s why they were at the range, for some kind of therapy that Mr. Kyle assists people with,” Bryant told The Dallas News.
Kyle earned several accolades for his service in the Navy. He left in 2009 and claimed to have killed 150 insurgents. In interviews, he said he never regretted any of his actions.