Chris Kyle, Former Seal Team 3 Sniper, Murdered

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Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in US history with 160 confirmed kills, was murdered last night at a gun range in Texas. Eddie Ray Routh, 25, has been charged with the murder of Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield.

Kyle survived being shot twice during his tours of duty, he survived a number of IED explosions and he survived an $80,000 bounty on his head, but he was killed in his home state by a 25 year old.

Kyle leaves behind a wife and two children. My thoughts and prayers are with them today.

UPDATE: Many people want to know how they can donate money to the Kyle family. Former former US Navy SEAL Brandon Webb told us …

Many are asking this. I said if they donate to The Red Circle Foundation and tag it with CK, we’ll make sure the money goes to the family. I’m sure they will eventually set something up but they’re still grieving …

The photo above, from USNavySeals.com, was taken during SHOT Show 2013.

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  • Walter E. Kurtz

    This is an enormous tragedy. I am heartbroken that his two children will grow up without a father. RIP warrior.

  • Gt

    Sad day. Its sickening some scumbag would murder a man who allowed him to live his sorry ass life here free of problems with liberty in the US of A. Thoughts and prayers with Kyle’s family. Justice will be served.

    • Lolinski

      Not to get political but how did he defend his country by shooting people in a foreign country?

      RIP my condolences

      • Gt

        Is this a serious question (with all due respect)?? With out our armed forces we would cease to exist and would have been conquered by foreign regimes a long time ago.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-Blake/100001091151669 Christopher Blake

          With Ovomit at 1600, and the military budget cuts, and the attempts to destroy the 2A, we may yet get there. But this is about “The Devil” as the enemy called him. The man was awesome at every level, and may his time in Valhalla be rewarding to his soul.

      • RJB

        “Not to get political ..”. You failed on that one. If memory serves WWI and WWII involved shooting people in foreign lands. Would you rather shoot them here?

        • John

          The more I learn about “the real history” the more I think we should have stayed out of WW-I & WW-II, but my beef is with our politicians, not those who died and served, I see them as hero’s.

        • lolinski@hotmail.com

          That is not the same, WW2 was one country invading its neighbours. The wars in the middle east are fought for oil.

          • RJB

            Oh, that’s right, I forgot we stole the Iraqi oil, that’s why gas is so cheap right now.

      • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

        He and so many others went where our government sent them and did the job they were trained for.

      • John

        Just remember, its because they’re volunteering that the US doesn’t have conscription or mandatory service, and you don’t have to

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HTK3C2IU37OCA2ECLXFDUB2ROQ Yellow Devil

        How about the fact he volunteered to go the extra mile, to undergo the training, dedication and pain necessary for the rest of America to sit back and not have to volunteer or get drafted themselves?

    • Gt

      ETA: the artical I read didn’t list the shooter as the veteran he was helping at the range, even more disappointing

      • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

        GT this was an outing for Vets with PTSD. Chris was volunteering his time as he always did trying to help them.

    • lex

      The shooter was a veteran. So apparently the kind of scumbag who serves his country.

      • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

        No the kind of person who serves and joins thousands of others who saw more than they could handle. Soldiers, Marines, Seals don’t get to choose where they fight.

    • Pirate

      The guy who shot him was a veteran who had PTSD. Not really a scum bag. He also sacrificed for his country. The whole situation just sucks, especially for those two girls who lost their dad.

      • wench65

        Have you seen the photo of that kid? Sorry, he’s a scumbag. Vet or not a vet.

  • Trevor Bryant

    I have to wonder if Eddie was “paid off” to do this. Wouldn’t surprise me one bit if he was. My condolences to Chris’ family.

  • Dustin Hess

    Anybody know what the motivation was for this?

    • Roy

      The guy who murdered him was, apparently, a veteran with PTSD. I’m not sure we’re going to find a rational motivation here.

      • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

        I doubt we’ll find a real motive here. The ex Marine seems to have snapped or maybe during this get together for those with PTSD someone said or did something he went off the deep end. Impossible to know.

        • Joe

          My condolences. I pray that we can bring our boys home and get back to doing the things that America was founded on ( or at least the more virtuous ideals).

  • pk

    Steve, I don’t know if you feel this is your place/role but it would be great of you to use your reach to organize some type of memorial fund for Mr Kyle’s family. I and probably many other of your readers would be happy to contribute.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      PK I will run this by him—-

    • Steve (TFB Editor)

      I am sure that the sniper community will organize a memorial fund if they have not already done so. If you see one let me know and I will link to it.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      PK after doing some checking today there are several funds already in the works. Most are from the military/Seal community. When a good one is ready we’ll post the link.

      • Katie

        Thanks

    • Katie

      absolutely, just post it and we will contribute. I would be honored.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      PK

      Brandon Webb emailed me back and said to donate here and note it with a CK and it will get to Kyle’s family. http://redcirclefoundation.org/

  • Truth Teller

    This is what happens to a person who chooses violence as his way of life. Live by the sword, die by the sword.

    Also think that the $80,000 bounty on his head is some serious BS.

    • Ross

      Truth Teller, your a moron.

      • Truth Teller

        Why? Because I tell the truth?

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      That’s an inappropriate statement at this time.

    • jbourneidentity

      Your comment is unspeakably cold. You dare troll here to belittle this man of honor? Saying “live by the sword, die by the sword” doesn’t make you a philosopher. Violence was not his way of life. He answered the call of his country and killed enemy terrorists who would rather cut your throat on video and drag your dead body through the streets than to acknowledge you as even being a human being. If you want to troll and throw around accusations, direct them at the murderer who killed an innocent man in cold blood. Otherwise, your opinions should be left to yourself.

    • Esh325

      I don’t think he deserved it regardless of what he did.

      • Truth Teller

        God had Chris killed by the 25-year-old man because of Chris’ sins.

        • Brandon

          *facepalm
          Maybe it’s time to add no religion to the no politics rule if Westboro Baptist types insist on making a scene

          • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

            Brandon Taken care of.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HTK3C2IU37OCA2ECLXFDUB2ROQ Yellow Devil

      Wow, Ron Paul tweeted that quote over the weekend too. Sad to see you malcontents get around.

  • Truth Teller

    This is what happens to a person who chooses violence as his way of life. Live by the sword, die by the sword.

    Also think that the $80,000 bounty on his head is a made up story, not a real one.

    • Frosty_The_White_Man

      It beats spending your last days in diapers at a retirement home.

      • Truth Teller

        So getting murdered beats a long and healthy life?

        • Frosty_The_White_Man

          The brightest fire burns the shortest.

  • Rick

    Apparently Eddie is a coward, to shoot Chris in the back.

  • arron

    Chris Kyle and John Noveske, who else is going to die this year.

    • Anonymoose

      Everyone.

  • Frosty_The_White_Man

    It’s a damn shame his skillset was wasted killing Arabs. If only they used him to stop the Mexican invasion. My condolences to the family.

    • Yop

      It’s a joke ?

      • 032125 032125

        Sadly, no. Click on his name to view his brilliant commentary on such brilliant topics as “Moral Barriers to White Survival”. Go stand next to a dryer vent, frosty.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      Consider this a warning. Racism will not be tolerated.

  • DSP

    Google this felas name and the name “jesse ventura”. The timing of this is odd…

  • Big Daddy

    Some of the posts here puzzle me and are disturbing. The men who died, that was a tragedy. The man who killed, that was a tragedy too. The way some of the posters here speak it’s as though they just don’t understand what it really means to kill and to die. Are you that sheltered? Do you live in some type of video game mentality world? No wonder the USA is in such trouble, just look at some of the posts here, terrible.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      If you’ve never served and seen death up close and had to inflict destruction on others you can’t understand now or ever. Just a fact not a knock against them.

      • 032125 032125

        I hear this idea expressed often, of “understanding” violence through personal experience, but surely not every soldier takes away the same understanding. Even one person may understand his experiences differently as time passes, but we say this “you wouldn’t understand” thing as though we’ve all fully embraced and perfectly understood what we did.

        Plenty of non-combatants reach the same conclusions as veterans without ever raising a hand in anger, and that goes for all of the various conclusions that veterans can and do reach. Some “learn” that war is justified and honorable, while some conclude that it is a monstrous meat-grinder at the expense of soldiers and for the benefit of the military industrial complex.

        This should tell us that merely experiencing war is no guarantee that the warrior will learn some universal insight that we should all follow.

        Always remember that a wise man can see more from the bottom of a well than a fool from the top of a tower.

        • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

          Some non-combatants reach close to the same conclusions but it’s almost impossible to fully understand what it means unless you’ve lived it. Even then everyone comes away with a different viewpoint of those experiences. There are no universal insights just those each person comes away with and lives with.

          • Big Daddy

            I served, but did not see combat. BUT, I have friends and family who have since WWII. It affects everybody in it’s own way. It’s the lack of any empathy and at least trying to see the big picture from people that I just don’t get. They talk as though it’s a movie they are commenting on, this is REAL life. These guys are dead and for what? This country and the rest of the world act as though human life is cheap. I can understand it happening in third world nations but not the USA. In the USA human life is at the highest level of our consciousness, it slowing dropping and that is what really is disturbing. Talking about conspiracies and other dumb stuff, how childish at a time for grieving and reflecting.

  • henk

    So sad that something like this happen. You were a true hero.
    Rest in peace.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dylan.draper.948 Dylan Franklin Draper

    he was an author who wrote about the SEALs. aaaand then he was murdered by another soldier… fishy to say the least. what about John Noveske? he was an outspoken 2nd Amendment supporter. did you read the report? Keith Ratliff, FPS Russia’s Manager, also an out spoken gun rights advocate, was killed by a single bullet to the head. this whole thing stinks. some of the more “determined” conspiracy theorists say it was the Visible Intermodal Response and Prevention teams. honestly, i don’t know about that, but i will say its mighty fishy.

    • vak

      Yo, if we’re gonna post idiotic conspiration theories, might as well say everyone involved was a reptilian illuminati from the future, it would make as much sense and would be much funnier.

      No, the sad truth is that Noveske didn’t put his seatbelt on, that Kyle was murdered by someone with severe psychological issues he was trying to help and that Ratliff was also most likely killed by someone he knew and trusted (not some shadowy UN Bilderberg cyborgs ninjas). Face it, the firearm community is a big one, that spreads all over the world and contains millions of people from all sort of backgrounds, so this is a statistical possibility that a certain number of them would die within a relatively short amount of time.

      And as everyone is holding those departed in their hearts and prayer, I find it a little disrespectful to insult their memories by inventing these far-out conspiracy theories.

  • John184

    An American hero and a hero to me. An amazing sniper, but a better human being. Rest in peace.

  • http://www.facebook.com/CookerT David Cook

    What a tragedy this was. I’m devistated about this horrible incident. He has done so much good for this country and when he tries to help a fellow veteran, the guy guns him down in cold blood. He dogged bullets in Irac for four tours only to come home and be killed by one of our own, I will pray for his family that they will be able to overcome the depression and sadness that comes with losing a husband, father and son.

  • jbourneidentity

    Regardless of whether the shooter was a veteran with PTSD or who served his country, he is now a MURDERER. He killed an innocent man in cold blood. Some of you posting here need to focus on the CRIMINAL rather than the VICTIM.

    • Pirate

      Dont think anyone is trying to defend the guy, was just saying he was obviously messed up in the head. He deserves whatever punishment he receives. But i wouldnt go so far as to call him a “Scumbag” as some have.

      • Drebin

        I believe scumbag is a nice way of putting it. We shouldn’t focus on the criminal too much the victim is the hero and the one to remember. The criminal is a disgrace to humanity and a step in the wrong direction.

      • Katie

        Isn’t it obvious that our Vet’s are not getting the mental health backup that they so need. When will our vets be recognized and treated as good as and should be better than our politicians.

    • http://profiles.google.com/chinchilliott Elliott Burton

      Focus is better kept on the victim and remembering the person when they lived, not concentrate on the murderer and hate him, although this is terrible and there is much to fix up to prevent this from happening again.

      On the other hand there really is mislead thinking on what ‘innocence’ is, I have a hard time calling a man who has ‘the most sniper kills in US history’ as innocent. He just followed orders and killed over a hundred men; and still think he would have been a great guy to be with, but by no means innocent, innocence is limited to the infantile.

  • Homo evolutus

    Maybe this will be a wake-up call to all of the anti-ban fanatics who support zero regulation: when a United States veteran is murdered with a legally purchased firearm, perhaps it’s time to make some changes.

    • John

      What? from the reports it sounds like Eddie turned the Kyle’s own gun on him when his back was turned. No amount of regulation would have changed that.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-Blake/100001091151669 Christopher Blake

        Exactly so.

    • 032125 032125

      Homo, there is no “wake up” call. We see the same event and draw a different conclusion. There is no magic number of deaths that will persuade me to abdicate my responsibility for my own life; murders only strengthen my resolve to equip and train myself, to the best of my abilities, against such acts.

      Killed by private citizens: 19,800,000
      Killed by public servants: 260,000,000

      Who has been the the greater threat in the last 100 years? The very masters that you would prostrate yourself before in vain hope of security. The very state that turned Eddie Ray Routh into a murderer, and Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield into martyrs for the liberty that you wrench from the rest of us who have done no wrong.

  • Homo evolutus

    Maybe this will be a wake-up call to all of the anti-ban fanatics who support zero regulation: when a United States veteran is murdered with a legally purchased firearm, perhaps it’s time to make some changes

  • Drebin

    Instead of the death penalty we should consider a lifetime of hard labor for the killer and feed him the minimum of crappy food he needs to stay alive. We might just get some use out of the POS. I am not opposed to the Death Penalty either. I just wish we could rebuild Kyles broken peices and bring his ass back to life. One day humans won’t be such shitheads and this stupid crap won’t happen if we don’t go extinct first. R.I.P. Chris Kyle you went too soon brother.

    • Zapp Brannigan

      What you’re suggesting is what the Nazis did to their slave labor. Torture fantasies about people who commit crimes are sick. It’s preying on a small group of society that the fantasizer thinks is okay to dehumanize and treat in inhuman ways. We as a society are defined by how we treat the least among us.

      • Drebin

        Most of those people weren’t criminals either and if they were it was probably because they were fighting the Nazis. If we treat our murderers better than our homeless what is to stop the would be murderer from taking that next step? Would you rather spend a couple hundred k keeping him well fed, well protected and not get anything back? I don’t care if we give him 5 star meals everyday as long as he works hard for it. I’d rather us never have to punish a murderer but he shot a guy in the back of the head! We must show the mentally ill this is wrong, don’t do it cause you’re not getting a free ride, you will be punished!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-Blake/100001091151669 Christopher Blake

    Rest In Peace, brother. Tilt a flagon of Odins Mead in Valhalla!

  • Zapp Brannigan

    We need far better resources for those who will be coming back to civilian life with PTSD. We sent them there where they were damaged by war, we now need to do as much as we did in sending them there to make them okay.

    The person who did this needs to be punished, but there may be extenuating circumstances given that he was suffering from PTSD. Calling him names is ignoring the real problem we as a society face with our people who have been hurt by our wars.

    Hero gets thrown around so flippantly that it has almost lost all meaning. Simply killing people in combat doesn’t make anyone a hero.

  • anonymous

    anyone who has served knows the guys you serve with and that Some of them are shady and are sometimes even drug dealers and gang members or short tempered that get titled as heroes. The majority of us who have served were not in the dirt bag category. Hell even Chris Kyle has made mention of dealing with gang members among us in the service. This Marine who shot and killed Chris is a disgrace so don’t confuse him as a hero simply because he deployed. He gave up his rights when he exploited the kindness and caring of a brother who was willing to try and help him. This guy committed this murder for personal gain because hes a nobody and probably wanted to be known as the man who killed Chris Kyle so then maybe ppl would know his name too! This guy is printed on the same sheet as the suicidal guys that would detonate grenade’s and take out 3 0r more comrades . R.I.P. Kyle and my thoughts and prayers for your family …

  • Katie

    So so sad. I grieve for his family and for myself. I will never read a new book authored by Chris.

  • Peter Janes

    Why did he shoot Chris in the back? What a coward! He should have shot him in the chest, like a real man of honor.

  • Lance

    RIP.

  • Mike Knox

    Rest in Peace..

  • Saturn

    Anyone else think it’s stupid that a mentally sick person was able to just go out and buy that gun?

    • 032125 032125

      Have you given even a microsecond’s thought to the implication of a government that can disarm people who have never committed a crime based on the subjective judgement of a doctor? Or the implication of a state co-opting doctors as spies/agents of the state?

  • American

    A Murder got Murdered… Whats new?

  • tincankilla

    I hate to speak ill of the dead, but having watched interviews with Mr. Kyle, he was a stone cold killer and moral relativist. Maybe that’s what it takes to be a sniper while occupying a foreign country. But if you’re religious at all and believe in the sanctity of a human life, then pray for him. A dude with a body count of 160 probably ain’t doin’ well in the afterlife.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      You hate to speak ill of the dead but you are. If you read his book it might provide some perspective.

  • some arabian

    That’s just so good, the greatest news i ever heard, f@#k him…in hell :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/rick.ellington.56 Rick Ellington

    GODSPEED Brother in Arms!!!