Thousands lined streets and highway overpasses in Midlothian, Texas, on Tuesday to pay respects to slain former Navy SEAL Christopher Kyle as his funeral procession travels 200 miles to Austin.
The procession left Tuesday morning from Midlothian, Mr. Kyle’s hometown. Police along the route, which has been mapped along U.S. 287 to Interstate 35E, are asking well-wishers to pause for the procession along side roads and overpasses, rather than on the highway, NBC reports. (Click here to view video)
Mr. Kyle, 38, was a celebrated veteran who completed four tours of duty in Iraq and wrote the best-selling book “American Sniper.”
Iraq War veteran Eddie Ray Routh, 25, has been charged in the Feb. 2 killings of Mr. Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a North Texas gun range.
Some 7,000 people, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her husband, attended a two-hour memorial service for Mr. Kyle at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington on Monday.
Tara Kyle said goodbye to her husband, emotion filling her voice, CBS reported.
“Chris, there isn’t enough time to tell you everything you mean to me and everything you taught me,” she said, during the service, according to CBS.
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Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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