Tuesday, February 12, 2013

My Heart Just Breaks

I never know in Bloglandia if things are regional or country-wide. Here in my neck of the woods we can not stop talking  about, thinking about, and praying about Chris Kyle and his family. He was such an amazing man.

Christopher Scott "Chris" Kyle (April 8, 1974 – February 2, 2013) was a United States Navy SEAL and the most lethal sniper inAmerican military history, with 160 confirmed kills (out of 255 claimed kills),[3][4] although these statistics have not been released by the Pentagon.[6] He was shot and killed on February 2, 2013, in Texas.
At the age of 8, Kyle's father taught him to shoot. As a youth, he trained as a bronco rider for the rodeo, which he gave up after a serious injury to his arm. He had intended to volunteer and enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps, and was recruited by the U.S. Army, but eventually enlisted with the U.S. Navy. Kyle served four tours in the second Iraq war, and was awarded the Bronze and Silver Star medals multiple times. Iraqi insurgents dubbed him the "Devil of Ramadi" and offered an increasing bounty for his head. He was shot twice, and was involved in six IED attacks. Kyle separated from the U.S. Navy with an honorable discharge in 2009 to spend time with his family. He remained in the spotlight during retirement, and wrote a New York Times bestselling autobiography, American Sniper.

Perhaps it's because he was a Texas boy raised in Odessa or because he was a graduate of my Alma mater (Tarleton State University) but my heart just breaks. I just can't wrap my head around his passing. 

Tarleton State University Alumni recently honored Chris Kyle naming him 2013 Distinguished Young Alum.
I'm so proud of our state-wide support of this great man. My hope is that his family and friends are filled with peace as they witness all the love and support our great state of Texas has to offer. 
How awesome that they had his memorial at Cowboy's Stadium.

Awaiting the passing of a true Hero onto his final resting place.

God Bless the great men and women of this country who give their all.


Beth Ann said...

How sad. Do they know who killed him or why? What a brave, amazing man! Will say a prayer for his family.

ginmommy said...

What happened?

Amy said...

I am sad every day over this. What an American Hero. I hope his family finds peace.

God bless all of our troops.

Kerry said...

He was shot in Texas?? What a sad story, someone who gave so much for the freedom and protection of others...

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