- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 12, 2013

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)

“I think it’s wonderful that they’re honoring this man. So I think it’s — I think it’s beautiful,” said Midlothian resident Ana Juarez, in the NBC report.

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.

The procession is being headed by military personnel, emergency first responders and the Patriot Guard, NBC says. Mr. Kyle will be buried at Texas State Cemetery.

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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.

This article is based in part on wire service reports.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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