<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Chris Kyle]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcdfw.com/feature/chris-kyle http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.com en-us Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:01:08 -0500 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:01:08 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Slain Author Feared Ventura Tale Had Eclipsed Book]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:55:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/kyle-ventura.jpg

Jurors in Jesse Ventura's defamation lawsuit on Thursday heard a slain military sniper say in a recording that he didn't want his book overshadowed by a story about his alleged bar fight with the former Minnesota governor.

Ventura's attorney played a section of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle's deposition. Kyle, a former Navy SEAL, was fatally shot last year at a Texas gun range.

Ventura claims that Kyle made up a story in his best-selling autobiography about punching Ventura outside a California bar in 2006.

"American Sniper," published in January 2012, describes a fight with an unnamed celebrity Kyle dubbed "Scruff Face." Kyle later gave interviews on Sirius XM radio and Fox TV in which he identified Ventura as the man.

In his deposition, Kyle said that he was shocked the three pages about the alleged incident drew so much attention, the Star Tribune reported.

"Like I said, the story has been greatly exaggerated over the years," Kyle told Ventura's attorney, David B. Olsen.

Kyle's deposition included emails suggesting Kyle's publicists were pleased with the media coverage from the controversy, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

Ventura, a former SEAL who was Minnesota governor from 1999-2003, pursued his lawsuit even after Kyle was killed in February 2013, saying it was important to clear his name. Kyle's widow, Taya Kyle, is now the defendant.

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<![CDATA[Chris Kyle Murder Trial Delayed]]> Fri, 02 May 2014 14:24:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Eddie+Ray+Routh+in+Court.jpg

The trial for the man accused of killing famed Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle has been delayed.

Last month, the Stephenville Empire-Tribune reported the date for the trial for Eddie Ray Routh was in jeopardy due to a dispute over DNA testing.

Routh, 26, remains jailed on $3 million bond, accused of fatally shooting Kyle and friend Chad Littlefield at an Erath County gun range.

This week, Routh's defense has asked for more time to comply with a new state law that expands DNA testing in death penalty cases.  The paper reported Judge Jason Cashon granted a motion for continuance earlier this week.

It is not yet known how much more time is needed to complete the testing.

A date for a new trial has not yet been set.



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<![CDATA[Trial for Accused Kyle, Littlefield Killer Delayed]]> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 12:17:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/EddieRayRouthFeb5crop.jpg

The trial for the man accused of killing a Navy SEAL sniper and his friend has been delayed.

Eddie Ray Routh was set to go on trial Monday for the murders of sniper and author Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield, but the trial has been postponed.

No new trial date was immediately announced.

Routh is accused of killing the two men at a gun range in Erath County last February. Routh's family said he suffered from post traumatic stress disorder.

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<![CDATA[Chris Kyle Murder Case Moves Closer to Trial]]> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 08:39:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Kyle-Littlefield-Split.jpg

Eddie Ray Routh, the man accused of fatally shooting a Navy SEAL sniper and his friend at a North Texas gun range, was in court Monday for a pre-trial hearing. 

Routh, 25, is facing capital murder charges after police said the troubled war vet shot and killed Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. history and author of the best-seller "American Sniper," and Chad Littlefield, at an Erath County gun range in February.

In a two-minute arraignment hearing on Aug. 20, Routh told a judge that he understands the charges against him before his attorney entered a plea of not guilty.

A jury indicted Routh in July and his trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 21.

The Marine reservist is accused of turning a semi-automatic handgun on Kyle and Littlefield as the pair had been trying to help Routh cope with post-combat stress.

Prosecutors believe the evidence is stacked against Routh. Investigators claim Routh confessed to the killings to his sister and told her he “traded his soul for Kyle's truck."

Police chased Routh down hours later in Kyle's F-250 and arrested him at his sister's Lancaster home. Since Routh’s arrest, he's been put on suicide watch, on medication and in solitary confinement in the jail after attacking a guard.

Routh's mental health will be a key issue in the case. He'd reportedly been getting treatment at the Veteran's Administration for PTSD. Records show he was taken to a mental hospital twice for threatening to kill himself and his family.

Kyle and Littlefield brought Routh to the gun range as part of his therapy.

A judge issued a gag order, so attorneys can't talk about the case. Routh remains jailed on $3 million bond.



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<![CDATA[Chris Kyle Murder Case Gets Closer to Trial]]> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 16:56:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/littlefield-kyle-020413.jpg

Tuesday, the case is moving forward against the man accused of fatally shooting a Navy SEAL sniper and his friend at a North Texas gun range.

Eddie Ray Routh, 25, is facing capital murder charges after police said the troubled war vet shot and killed Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. history and author of the best-seller "American Sniper," and Chad Littlefield at an Erath County gun range in February.

Routh, who only looked down during most Tuesday's two-minute arraignment hearing, told a judge Tuesday morning that he understands the charges against him before his attorney entered a plea of not guilty.

Routh was last in a courtroom last month when a jury indicted him of murder.

The Marine reservist is accused of turning a semi-automatic handgun on Kyle and Littlefield as the pair had been trying to help Routh cope with post-combat stress.

Prosecutors believe the evidence is stacked against Routh. Investigators claim Routh confessed to the killings to his sister and told her he “traded his soul for Kyle's truck."

Police chased Routh down hours later in Kyle's F-250 and arrested him at his sister's Lancaster home.  Since Routh’s arrest, he's been put on suicide watch, on medication and in solitary confinement in the jail after attacking a guard.

Routh's mental health will be a key issue in the case.  He'd reportedly been getting treatment at the Veteran's Administration for PTSD.  Records show he was taken to a mental hospital twice for threatening to kill himself and his family.

Kyle and Littlefield, brought Routh to the gun range as part of his therapy. That’s where he’s accused of turning on them.

A judge issued a gag order, so attorneys can't talk about the case.  Currently, Routh's pre-trial hearing has been set for Sept. 16 and the trial is expected to begin Oct. 21.  He currently remains jailed on $3 million bond.
 



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<![CDATA[Ex-Marine Indicted in Chris Kyle Slaying]]> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 11:29:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Eddie-Routh-020313.jpg

A grand jury in North Texas has indicted the man accused of killing former Navy SEAL and "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and another man on two charges of capital murder.

Eddie Routh, a former Marine, was arrested in the slayings of Kyle and Chad Littlefield in February.

A judge has issued a gag order in the case.

The Feb. 2 shootings at a gun range in rural North Texas were national news.

The memorial service for war hero Kyle was so big that it was held at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. His funeral procession to Austin drew thousands.

The case against Routh, who reportedly had been seeking treatment for post-combat stress, seems strong. Police said he confessed to his sister and he was arrested driving Kyle's pickup after a chase in Lancaster, a Dallas suburb.

Routh had sought treatment at the Veterans Administration for his stress, and friends said Kyle was trying to counsel him when Routh turned on him.

His mental health is expected to be a key issue in his case.

Routh has been held in the Erath County Jail on a $3 million bond.

In Midlothian, where Kyle and Littlefield lived, people were grateful Routh had been formally charged.

"I'd rather it be delayed and done right than rushed and have any kind of loopholes where he could go free," said Dennis Deweerd, owner of Ellis County BBQ restaurant.

"It's a great thing," added Kelly Goad. "Midlothian is happy."

NBC DFW's Scott Gordon and Lindsay Wilcox contributed to this report.



Photo Credit: Erath County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Chris Kyle Murder Suspect Has Jail Outburst]]> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 18:04:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/EddieRayRouthFeb5crop.jpg

The suspect in the shooting deaths of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield had a destructive outburst that has Erath County jailers on alert.

Jailers watched on surveillance video was Eddie Ray Routh ripped a TV from its fixture and threw it to the ground then plugged a shower to flood his cell.

Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant said Routh has been having outbursts since his arrest in February and still refuses to take his medication.

Routh, a former Marine, is accused of gunning down Kyle and Littlefield on Feb. 2.

Routh has not been indicted and remains in isolation in the Erath County Jail. His bond is set at $3 million.

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<![CDATA[Ex-Marine Still Not Indicted in Chris Kyle Slaying]]> Tue, 14 May 2013 23:53:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Eddie-Routh-020313.jpg

The man accused of killing former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and another man has not been indicted within 90 days as Texas law requires.

Eddie Routh, a former Marine, was arrested in the slayings of Kyle and Chad Littlefield more than three months ago.

The timing is key, because Texas law says defendants are entitled to a speedy trial and could be released from jail on reduced bond or no bond if they are not formally charged within 90 days.

Attorneys for Routh have not asked for his release. He remains in the Erath County Jail on a $3 million bond.

A spokeswoman for Erath County District Attorney Alan Nash said investigators have not presented the case for prosecution.

Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant said the Texas Rangers took over the investigation soon after the shootings at a gun range near Glen Rose.

Asked by NBC 5 about the delay, the Rangers said in a statement that, "There are many parts to this active investigation, and it may take some time before the investigation is completed and ready to present to the district attorney. No additional information will be released at this time."

Routh's attorney, J. Warren St. John, of Fort Worth, declined to comment.

The Feb. 2 shootings were national news.

The memorial service for war hero Kyle was so big that it was held at Cowboys Stadium. His funeral procession to Austin drew thousands.

The case against Routh, who reportedly had been seeking treatment for post-combat stress, seemed strong. He confessed to his sister, police said. He was arrested driving Kyle's pickup after a chase in Lancaster.

In jail, Routh has refused to see most visitors, including his parents, and has stopped taking his medication, Bryant said.

Routh also has declined to leave his small cell, where he is held in solitary confinement, for exercise, the sheriff said.

"He reads and watches television and sleeps a lot," Bryant said.

Routh had sought treatment at the Veterans Administration for his stress, and friends said Kyle was trying to counsel him when Routh turned on him.

His mental health is expected to be a key issue in his case.



Photo Credit: Erath County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Chris Kyle's Wife Views Clay Statue]]> Sat, 09 Mar 2013 08:25:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/kyle-statue-composite.jpg

The widow of slain former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle on Friday saw for the first time the sculpture an artist is creating of her husband.

Florida-based artist Greg Marra is working on a six-and-a-half-foot clay statue that will be used to make a mold for a bronze sculpture of the sniper, who was shot and killed at a remote gun range in early February.

The clay piece arrived in North Texas on Thursday, flanked by Patriot Guard Riders. He asked Kyle's family to view the clay statue to see if they want any additions or adjustments made.

Taya Kyle's viewing of the work was closed to the public.

However, the public will be able to view it Saturday and Sunday at Schaefer Art Bronze, which is located at 132 S. Collins St. in Arlington. No times were specified.

Marra was beginning work on a sculpture honoring U.S. Marines when he learned of Kyle's slaying. He then decided to instead work on statue of Kyle.

"I believe Chris Kyle suffered and was murdered, but I'll be darned if we're going to let it go down just like that," he said. "Now he's coming back even stronger. His message is even stronger now and the bad guys, they may have won a battle but they're not going to win the war, and if there's anything I can do with my hands and some clay and that is to resurrect, in a sense, the spirit of a warrior who sacrificed everything for us, then I do that."

Marra is not accepting money for the piece. However, donations are being accepted to offset the cost of the sculpture.

When completed, it will be donated to the Kyle family.



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<![CDATA[Chris Kyle Statue Arrives in DFW]]> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 00:18:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/kyle-statue-composite.jpg

An ultimate tribute to an ultimate warrior has made it to North Texas.

A more than six-and-a-half foot tall clay statue of former Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle arrived Thursday in the Metroplex from Florida, flanked by Patriot Guard Riders.

The statue was created by Greg Marra, a Florida-based artist who was beginning work on a sculpture honoring U.S. Marines when he learned of Kyle's murder.

After Kyle died, Marra decided to instead go to work on a statue of the slain SEAL.

"I believe Chris Kyle suffered and was murdered, but I'll be darned if we're going to let it go down just like that,” said Marra.  “Now he's coming back even stronger.  His message is even stronger now and the bad guys, they may have won a battle but they're not going to win the war and if there's anything I can do with my hands and some clay and that is to ressurect, in a sense, the spirit of a warrior who sacrificed everything for us, then I do that."

Marra, who isn't taking any money for his wokr, said he can’t wait for Kyle’s kids, widow and parents to see the clay statue.  He wants to make any additions or adjustments to it they see fit. 

The clay will be used to make a mold and ultimately a bronze statue.  No word yet on where it will go but the Kyle family will have a lot to say about the final location.

Meanwhile, the clay statue will stay at an undisclosed location at a North Texas foundry.
 



Photo Credit: Mark Schnyder]]>
<![CDATA[Routh Family Statement on Kyle-Littlefield Shooting]]> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 17:30:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Eddie-Routh-and-mom-Jodi.jpg

The family of the man accused in the shooting deaths of former Navy SEAL and best-selling author Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield at a gun range in Glen Rose on Feb. 2 released a statement Tuesday.

Eddie Ray Routh, of Lancaster, is still in the Erath County Jail, he's being held on a single count of capital murder and two separate murder complaints. Police say the Marine reservist, who served in Iraq, shot and killed Kyle and Littlefield.

His mother, Jodi, released a new picture of her son (above) and a statement through Routh's lawyer:

Raymond and I want to express our deepest condolences to the Kyle and Littlefield families. We are incredibly heartbroken for your loss.

We wish we could thank Chris Kyle for his genuine interest in helping our son overcome his battle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

We want others with PTSD to know their struggle is recognized and we hope his tragedy will somehow help in getting greater care for and assistance to those in need

No words can truly express the sorrow we feel for the Kyles and Littlefields, their extended family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you all.

-The Routh Family

Routh's attorney says that just days before the fatal shootings, Routh was discharged from the Dallas VA Hospital despite the objections of his family. He was reportedly in the hospital receiving care for mental health issues.

The U.S. military confirmed that Routh was a corporal in the Marines from June 2006 to January 2010. He was deployed to Iraq in 2007 and Haiti in 2010. His current duty status is listed as reserve.

Routh is being held on $3 million bond and is on suicide watch.



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<![CDATA[Taya Kyle Honored by Dallas Stars]]> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 05:14:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/022313+Taya+Kyle+Stars.jpg

Thousands of people honored former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his wife, Taya, on Saturday night.

On February 11, Taya Kyle moved everyone who watched her husband’s memorial service at Cowboys Stadium. Saturday night she said she was overwhelmed by the cheers for her and her husband at the American Airlines Center.

“We would like to thank and welcome Taya Kyle,” the public address announcer said Saturday.
A thunderous ovation from the Dallas Stars and their fans welcomed and honored Taya and Chris Kyle.

“I know he’d be humbled,” Taya Kyle said. “It’s an honor of course as his wife. I’m thrilled. I love to see it, what better way to honor someone you love than to see an outpouring of love for them?”

Taya Kyle was on hand to drop the ceremonial puck with Miss Texas USA Ali Nugent.

“She’s a great person,” Nugent said. “This was already planned for me to do and I figured why not invite her. Her husband is a true hero and he deserves to be honored.”

For Taya Kyle though it was also a chance to get away from the last three weeks of grief, if even for just a few hours.  Kyle's husband and his friend Chad Littlefield were gunned down at a shooting range in Erath County February 2. Eddie Ray Routh, a Marine reservist, has been charged in their deaths.

“It definitely doesn’t seem real sometimes,” Kyle said. “I think we’re actually coping as well as we can. I feel like living with Chris, being with Chris, being married to Chris, we all got a lot of strength that we can draw from him and our experiences in the past and do it as well as we possibly can.”

And having the kind of support she saw on Saturday night helps too.

“It’s overwhelming,” Kyle said. “I mean, think about the worst things that you can go through and the overwhelming support, love and patriotism, it’s fantastic.  I love the patriotism, I love my husband, I wish he was here. I’m proud to be here in his place, it’s cool.”

Taya Kyle says she’s busy being a mom and raising her two children. She did say she hopes to keep many of the projects her husband is involved with alive for him.

Nugent is in the running for Miss USA. She’s started an organization called “Crown’s for Heroes” which builds homes for service members seriously injured overseas and have special needs.

She’s already raised money to help build several homes already and hopes to build more by the time Miss USA comes around. For more information click here.



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<![CDATA[Artist Creates Clay Statue of Chris Kyle]]> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 05:14:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/022413+chris+kyle+statue.jpg

It's been three weeks since America lost Chris Kyle.  Now an artist has found a monumental way to honor the Navy sniper shot and killed while helping a fellow veteran deal with PTSD at a gun range in Erath County. 

Greg Marra is the man in Florida who's had his hands in clay almost non-stop since Kyle died. 

“I looked at this statue and I was like ‘my God,” said Michael Smith, a veteran in Haslet who has the honor and responsibility to help get the statue to North Texas. 

“If you look at the arms where Chris is holding his weapon, down to the veins in the arms, the facial features.  It’s just ominous how well Greg has done.”

Smith heard about the statue on a radio program.  He got in touch with the artist’s manager and said he wanted to help.

“It’s a gift from a grateful country from what Chris not only did in combat but for what he did for my brothers and sisters who came back from combat with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder,” said Smith.

Smith said the plan is to get the Chris Kyle statue here by March 8th.  Who will take this clay likeness the rest of the way turning it into a bronze statue is still being worked out. 

The only decision Kyle's widow Taya will have to make is where she'd like it.

“I don’t know where they’re going to put it," said Smith. "I hope Taya decides to put it someplace it deserves to be where people will go and honor the man.”

In Midlothian Sunday night a banner honoring Chris Kyle greets you at the entrance of Ellis County BBQ.  When we told owner Dennis Deweerd about the statue, he was thrilled.

“I think it’s awesome,” said Deweerd.  “I think it’s a great tribute to an American hero.  It’s a small town here but it would mean a lot to a lot of people.”

Click on this sentence for more on the statue and fundraising efforts.

www.americanpatriotsinart.com/Chris_Kyle_Memorial_Statue.html.

You can also contact the project coordinator in DFW, Michael Smith at michael@conservativenationradio.org.



Photo Credit: Greg Marra]]>
<![CDATA[Chris Kyle Funeral Procession Heads to Austin]]> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 14:22:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/kylefuneralhearse.jpg Tuesday morning, dozens of vehicles led a funeral procession for ex-Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle from Midlothian to Austin. Along the way, thousands were expected to stand on the roadside and honor Kyle as he passed by.]]> <![CDATA[PGR Riders Crash in Chris Kyle Procession]]> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 13:31:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pgr-riders-leave-dfw.jpg

At least two Patriot Guard Riders riding in the procession for slain ex-Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle crashed near Salado, Texas Department of Public Safety officials say.

Preliminary reports indicated that only one motorcyclist was involved in the crash, but now Belton police say at least two Patriot Guard Riders were involved in the crash.

The riders went down on Interstate 35 near Tahuaya Road, police said.

The procession was stopped for a few minutes as several Navy SEALS exited a bus to provide first aid to the victims before they were transported to area hospitals.

The conditions of the riders is not known.

The procession is headed to the Texas State Cemetery in Austin.



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<![CDATA[Chris Kyle Funeral Procession 1 of 4]]> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 11:26:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/kyleprocession01.jpg In the cold rain, thousands of North Texans stood along the roadside Tuesday to pay tribute to slain ex-Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle.]]> <![CDATA[Chris Kyle Funeral Procession 2 of 4]]> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 11:29:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/kyleprocession02.jpg In the cold rain, thousands of North Texans stood along the roadside Tuesday to pay tribute to slain ex-Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle.]]> <![CDATA[Chris Kyle Funeral Procession 3 of 4]]> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 12:33:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/kyleprocession03.jpg In the cold rain, thousands of North Texans stood along the roadside Tuesday to pay tribute to slain ex-Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle.]]> <![CDATA[Chris Kyle Funeral Procession 4 of 4]]> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 11:24:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/kyleprocession04.jpg In the cold rain, thousands of North Texans stood along the roadside Tuesday to pay tribute to slain ex-Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle.]]> <![CDATA[Chris Kyle Funeral Procession]]> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 11:07:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/roadsideproraw.jpg Raw video of the Chris Kyle funeral procession as it leaves Midlothian for Austin, Feb. 12, 2013.]]> <![CDATA[Thousands Line Road for Kyle Procession]]> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 10:09:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/kyle-procession-roadside-05.jpg Thousands of people were expected to line the roadside in the cold rain as the funeral procession for slain ex-Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle heads from Midlothian to Austin.

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<![CDATA[Tearful Goodbye from Chris Kyle's Widow]]> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 20:57:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/kylephotoforweb16x901.jpg Taya Kyle, the wife of slain Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, spoke at a memorial honoring her husband Monday, Feb. 11, 2013.]]> <![CDATA[Images From Chris Kyle Memorial]]> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 18:33:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Chris-Kyle-photo.jpg Take a look at images from Chris Kyle's memorial at Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington on February 11, 2013.

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<![CDATA[Crowds Gather at Cowboys Stadium to Remember Kyle]]> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 19:59:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/kylephotoforweb16x901.jpg The memorial for slain ex-Navy SEAL Chris Kyle drew in people from across the country at Cowboys Stadium on Monday.]]> <![CDATA[Chris Kyle Memorial: Speaker 11, Taya Kyle]]> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 19:28:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tayakylemem.jpg Taya Kyle, the wife of slain Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, spoke at a memorial honoring her husband Monday, Feb. 11, 2013.]]> <![CDATA[Sarah Palin to Attend Chris Kyle Memorial]]> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 12:22:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sarah-palin-endorses-romney-on-facebook.jpg

Former governor of Alaska and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is attending Monday's memorial for slain Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle.

Palin made the announcement on her Facebook page Monday morning that she, along with her husband Todd, will be in attendance.

"We may never know to what extent Chris kept us free or how many lives he saved by his brave actions in the line of fire. But his fellow warriors know how important he was," Palin said in the statement. "God bless this great warrior. Let us keep his wife and children in our prayers, and may we never forget him or his sacrifice."

Palin also made mention that she would like to see flags flown at half staff to honor Kyle.

Arlington police said other dignitaries and politicians are expected to attend, but that officials were not in a position to reveal those names -- rather leaving it up to individuals to announce their intention to attend.

The memorial is being held at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington and is open to the public.  The service begins at 1 p.m., doors will open at 11:30 a.m.  The memorial will be carried live on NBC 5 and live online here.



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<![CDATA[Chris Kyle Memorial: Speaker 10]]> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 16:56:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/kylememspkr10.jpg A friend of the Kyle family reads a letter at the memorial of slain Navy SEAL Chris Kyle Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. (Most speakers at the memorial went unnamed.)]]> <![CDATA[Chris Kyle Memorial: Speaker 9, Bo French]]> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 16:55:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/kylememspkr9.jpg Bo French, a friend of slain Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, spoke at a memorial honoring the Navy SEAL Monday, Feb. 11, 2013.]]> <![CDATA[Chris Kyle Memorial: Speaker 8]]> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 17:55:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/kylememspkr8.jpg The mother Mark Lee friend of slain Navy SEAL Chris Kyle spoke at a memorial honoring her son Monday, Feb. 11, 2013.]]> <![CDATA[Chris Kyle Memorial: Speaker 7]]> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 19:27:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Speaker7kylememorial021.jpg Friends and family of slain Navy SEAL Chris Kyle spoke at a memorial Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. (Speakers at the memorial went unnamed.)]]> <![CDATA[Chris Kyle Memorial: Speaker 6]]> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 16:56:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/kylememspkr6.jpg Friends and family of slain Navy SEAL Chris Kyle spoke at a memorial Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. (Most speakers at the memorial went unnamed.)]]> <![CDATA[Chris Kyle Memorial: Speaker 5]]> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 16:55:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/kylememspkr5.jpg Friends and family of slain Navy SEAL Chris Kyle spoke at a memorial Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. (Most speakers at the memorial went unnamed.)]]>