Chris Kyle, author of The American Sniper, was a Navy SEAL and the most lethal sniper in US military history.
Born in Texas on April 8, 1974, he owned his first gun at age 8.
He served in every major battle of Operation Iraqi Freedom and was honorably discharged from the service in 2009.
Married and the father of two, he was known as a real good guy.
He ran Craft International, which provides military, law enforcement, and civilian training, as well as private security and protection. He also worked with FITCO Cares Foundation, a non-profit organization which provides free in-home fitness equipment, individualized programs, personal training, and life-coaching to in-need veterans with disabilities, Gold Star families, or those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. [Wiki]
He was murdered on February 2, 2013, along with a friend, Chad Littlefield, by a drug-addled vet he was trying to help. He and Chad Littlefield were asked to help vet Eddie Ray Routh by his mother who was very worried about him.
They took Routh to the shooting range in a gesture of friendship where Routh, who suffers from PTSD, murdered them both.
Kyle and Littlefield used target practice as a therapeutic exercise. Littlefield would have turned 36 Monday.
President Obama has not acknowledged the death of Chris Kyle.
Wife of Chris Kyle gives his eulogy:
Time magazine interview with Chris Kyle about his job as a special ops sniper: