Famed "American Sniper" author and a friend were killed at a North Texas gun range

Routh Family Releases Statement on Kyle-Littlefield Shooting

By Elvira Sakmari
|  Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013  |  Updated 4:30 PM CDT
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Routh Family Statement on Kyle-Littlefield Shooting

Routh Family Photo

Jodi Routh (right) released this photo and a statement on behalf of the family of Eddie Ray Routh (left). Police say the Marine reservist shot and killed Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield at a gun range Feb. 2.

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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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