Ex-Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle died pursuing his passion

The former top Navy SEAL sniper who authorities say was…

The former top Navy SEAL sniper who authorities say was killed at a Texas shooting range was devoted to maintaining camaraderie and helping his fellow veterans find their way after leaving active duty.

Chris Kyle, author of the best-selling book “American Sniper,” and his friend Chad Littlefield apparently were doing just that Saturday when, officials say, they were shot and killed by former Marine Eddie Ray Routh.

Kyle, 38, had left the Navy in 2009 after four tours of duty in Iraq, where he earned a reputation as one of the military’s most lethal snipers. But he quickly found a way to maintain contact with his fellow veterans and pass on what had helped him work through his own struggles. By late 2011, he filed the paperwork to establish the nonprofit FITCO Cares, which received its nonprofit status the following spring, said FITCO director Travis Cox.

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  • Officer Gonzo

    Chris and Chad went down range one last time, proving once again, damn few.
    Thoughts and prayers for their families and everyone struck by this tragedy.

  • All those tours of duty without getting killed and then this unfortunate incident takes his life along with his other friend. Thank you for all the sacrifices you’ve made for this country. You will be surely missed.

  • tom

    Fair winds and following seas.

  • D. Sanchez

    Rest in Peace…Thank you for your Service and sacrafice.