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Ex-Navy SEAL Sniper Chris Kyle To Be Buried Tuesday In Austin
An emotional day ahead for the family of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. The sniper's body will be escorted from the Dallas area through Georgetown, Round Rock, Pflugerville and to his final resting place, Texas State Cemetery.
On Monday, a public memorial was held at Cowboys Stadium where his wife spoke before thousands gathering to pay their respects. CPO Kyle and another man were gunned down at a North Texas shooting range on February 2.
Tuesday's procession, expected to arrive in Austin around 11:30 a.m., is a huge undertaking, coordinated by DPS and involving the Patriot Guard as well as numerous law enforcement agencies from multiple counties.
A light rain and peaceful, quiet calm filled the Texas State Cemetery early Tuesday morning, mere hours before hundreds of law enforcement, military members, and others are expected to escort the body of Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle to its final resting place in East Austin.
"It's just my little way of honoring these people that sacrificed for us," said Robert Stancil, a member of the Patriot Guard Riders, one of the organizations taking part in the procession, joining hundreds in what’s expected to be one of the largest in state history.
"It's an honor for the Austin Police Department to be able to help out with Chief Petty Officer’s burial," said Cpl. David Boyd of APD.
Hundreds more are expected to line I-35 from Midlothian to Austin to pay their respects for the fallen ex-Navy SEAL sniper.
CPO Kyle and a friend were shot and killed February 2 at a North Texas shooting range. The suspect is Eddie Ray Routh, a veteran reportedly suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, something CPO Kyle was trying to help him with.
During Monday's public memorial at Cowboys Stadium, nearly 7,000 turned out to pay their respects. Family remembered the softer, caring side of the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history.
"He was a warrior both on and off the battlefield," said Taya Kyle, CPO Kyle’s wife, during the memorial. "I love you, Chris."
CPO Kyle also leaves behind two young children.
Tuesday’s burial service is private. Austin Police officials say Texas State Cemetery will be closed to the public during the service.
By Adam Bennett