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(AP) ARLINGTON, Texas - Surrounded by her husband's military friends, one who offered a glove to wipe away her tears, Taya Kyle stood in front of the flag-draped coffin, her voice trembling as she described to a crowd of thousands what ex-Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle meant to his family, friends and country.

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"Chris, there isn't enough time to tell you everything you mean to me and everything you taught me," his widow said Monday at Cowboys Stadium during a two-hour memorial service for her husband, a decorated sniper and best-selling author who was slain earlier this month at a gun range in North Texas.

Kyle's funeral service is scheduled for Tuesday. He will be buried at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin after a 200-mile funeral procession starting in the Dallas area. Drivers along Interstate 35 will not be allowed to pass the procession, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Nearly 7,000 people, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her husband, attended the service Monday. Dozens of military personnel and others were seated in front of the podium near the Dallas Cowboys' star at midfield, where Kyle's coffin was placed.

Taya Kyle described herself as broken but said the family will "put one foot in front of the other" to get through their grief. She told her two children that they will remember Kyle's silly side, Texas twang and prayers they prayed together.

After her eulogy, country singer Randy Travis sang "Whisper My Name," which he said Taya Kyle had told him was a meaningful song for the couple, and "Amazing Grace." At the conclusion of the service, bagpipers played as military personnel carried out the coffin and many in the crowd saluted.

His fellow service members told mourners that Kyle was more than an excellent sniper - he was a devoted family man known for his sense of humor, compassion, selflessness and generosity. Kyle completed four tours of duty in Iraq and wrote the best-selling book "American Sniper."

Childhood friends recalled his mischievous side, and one said he and Kyle played with BB guns as kids - but Kyle "wasn't a good shot back then."

Bo French, an executive at Craft International, the security training company Kyle started after he left the Navy, said Kyle had a passion for helping others. Kyle also founded a nonprofit, FITCO Cares, that provides at-home fitness equipment for emotionally and physically wounded veterans.

Pictures of Kyle with his family and SEALs were shown on a large screen in the stadium. The back page of the memorial service program included copies of handwritten notes from Kyle's young kids: "I will miss your heart. I will love you even if you died" from his daughter, and "I miss you a lot. One of the best things that has happened to me is you" from his son.

Iraq War veteran Eddie Ray Routh, 25, has been charged in the Feb. 2 killings of Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a North Texas gun range. Routh is jailed in Erath County on $3 million bond.

Taya Kyle also paid tribute to Littlefield during the service Monday, saying he was the "effortless, no expectations" friend that her husband needed.

Many said before Monday's service that they didn't know the 38-year-old Kyle. Air Force Master Sgt. Kevin Phillips said he came from his Fort Worth home to honor "a brother in arms."

Steven O'Bryan and his wife, Carol, drove more than two hours from their home in Marshall in East Texas because "he's just an American hero," Carol O'Bryan said.

FITCO's director has said the men apparently had been helping Routh work through post-traumatic stress disorder.

Kyle, Littlefield and Routh arrived together at the Rough Creek Lodge shooting range, about 50 miles southwest of Fort Worth, authorities say. Routh later fled in Kyle's truck and went to his sister's home.

According to a search warrant, Routh told his sister and brother-in-law that the men "were out shooting target practice and he couldn't trust them so he killed them before they could kill him." Routh's sister called the police, describing her brother as "psychotic." Routh was arrested after a short police chase.

Routh's brother-in-law told authorities that Routh had recently been diagnosed with PTSD.

One of Routh's attorneys, J. Warren St. John, said his client had been released from the Dallas Veterans Affairs hospital against his family's wishes just two days before the shootings.

Littlefield's funeral was held Friday in Midlothian. Afterward, Littlefield's relatives said the outing with Routh was intended to be therapeutic.

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4 years 23 weeks ago, 2:57 PM

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http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Thousands-Expected-for-Kyle-Procession-...

The funeral procession for slain former Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle has ended its 200-mile journey at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin.

About 200 motorcycles, motor coaches, police cruisers and other vehicles made the trip Tuesday from Midlothian. That's the small town 25 miles southwest of Dallas where the 38-year-old Kyle lived with his family.

Along the way, two Patriot Guard Riders crashed along the rain-slicked highway near Salado and were hospitalized after Navy SEALs provided first aid. The conditions of the riders, at this time, remain unknown.

After the delay, the procession continued south to Austin where the white hearse carried Kyle's flag-draped coffin into the cemetery.

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Funeral Procession 2 of 4 More Photos and Videos Kyle was considered the deadliest sniper in the history of the U.S. military. His book "American Sniper" recounted his efforts in the war on terror and in Iraq.

Kyle and friend Chad Littlefield were shot multiple times at a remote shooting range Feb. 2. A man has been charged in their deaths.

North Texans Say Goodbye as Procession Heads to Austin

North Texans lined the roadways and overpasses to pay their respects to slain ex-Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle Tuesday morning, part of a 200-mile procession that carried Kyle from Midlothian to Austin.

The procession began at about 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Midlothian ISD's multipurpose stadium at 1800 South 14th Street. From there, the procession was scheduled to take U.S. 287 to Interstate 35E south to Texas State Cemetery in Austin where Kyle will be laid to rest.

“It’s all about paying honor, respect, and dignity to Chris Kyle and his family,” said Lonny Haschel, with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Dozens of Motorcycle officers from across the Metroplex led the way for Chris Kyle’s final journey. Two-by-two, Patriot Guard Riders rode along in the procession to honor the Navy veteran.

Police asked onlookers to use access roads or overpasses to watch the procession instead of stopping along the highway.

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Carley Rodermund stood on the onramp to 287 with her family to support Kyle’s wife and two small kids.

“I just wanted to come out and support that amazing family,” said Rodermund. “Seeing her salute as she came by today, it was really heart-wrenching.”

Rodermund held the American flag and her hand over her heart. She broke down as the hearse passed. The widow rolled down the window and saluted the crowd, there to honor her husband, his life and sacrifice.

“I think it’s wonderful that they're honoring this man. So I think it's, I think it's beautiful,” said Midlothian resident Gina Lowman.

"It's a small town so everybody knows and everybody cares for everyone, even if they don't know each other they don't hesitate to help,” said Midlothian resident Ana Juarez.

Military personnel, first responders and the Patriot Guard Riders will escort the procession. Dan Mathys is one of the more than 200-plus invited by Kyle's family to take part in the memorial.

"Chris Kyle's mission is the biggest mission we've ever done," Mathys said. "We've done big missions in the past. We hear riders are coming in from all over the country. Florida, Montana, let alone the military and the public being invited to this memorial service is something we've never seen before."

Kyle, a Midlothian grad, was one of the top sharp-shooting snipers in U.S. history, survived four deployments and died investigators believe trying to help a fellow vet with PTSD.

NBC 5's Ben Russell and Kendra Lyn, and the Associated Press, contributed to this report.

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4 years 23 weeks ago, 4:36 PM

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Ashamed

The POTUS and Media should be absolutely ashamed yet I would bet not even a thought has been given to the amount of comments and coverage given the death of Whitney Houston, of whom I will restrian several derogatory comments, versus the death of a true american hero - Chris Kyle ....

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GOD did not see fit to do me the honor of sounding TAPS for you, as part of your Military Funeral Honors Ceremony.

So, I will do so, at our Wall of Honor, under the Stars and Stripes, on Veterans' Day.

Too old to fight, Too old to run, guess that's why I carry a gun! "would someone show this asshole the way out of town".[Rabbi Avram Belinski-aka "The Frisco Kid"]

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