Suspect in American Sniper's Murder a Vet He Was Helping
Chris Kyle was helping Eddie Ray Routh deal with PTSD, authorities say
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2013 4:15 AM CST
Updated Feb 4, 2013 7:33 AM CST
In this April 6, 2012, photo, former Navy SEAL and author of the book "American Sniper" Chris Kyle poses in Midlothian, Texas.    (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Paul Moseley)

(Newser) – The former Navy SEAL sniper shot dead alongside a friend at a Texas shooting range yesterday appears to have been killed by a troubled Iraq War veteran he was trying to help, authorities say. Travis Cox, director of a nonprofit veterans' organization that American Sniper author Chris Kyle helped found, says Kyle and his friend were helping Eddie Ray Routh deal with post-traumatic stress disorder, the AP reports. Routh, 25, has been charged with both murders.

Kyle "served this country with extreme honor, but came home and was a servant leader in helping his brothers and sisters dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder," Cox tells the New York Times. "Everyone has their own inner struggles, but he was very proactive about the things he was dealing with." The local sheriff says Routh's mother may have reached out to Kyle for help with her son. Investigators, who believe Routh killed both men with a semi-automatic handgun, say he has not made any comments that would indicate a motive.

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VooDoo
Feb 4, 2013 3:39 PM CST
I dont want to talk bad about the dead, but it is important that I tell you about this. Most don't /didn't know that many snipers "bait". Just like the illegal hunting. Most snipers also compete with others for a high score too and the ones that "bait" obviously will have a higher score than the ones that don't. Baiting is exactly what it sounds like. A sniper will throw a piece of det cord or something like that next to a road or where ever he can find a hide with a good shot at ya. Then when a farmer, goat herder, insurgent , butcher , baker, or candlestick maker, simply pick it up, their head explodes before they even hear the snipers gun. He than shows a dead Iraqi holding det cord to his superiors and boasts got another insurgent before he could make an IED It is dirty as f'n hell. I have a strong feelings about this dead sniper but I wont go there. I do want to talk about the shooter. If he goes to open court he's gonna tell stories. Horrible stories about US snipers.Probably the very reason for his PTSD! The US military will not let these stories out. They CAN'T let these stories out. They already have way too much INNOCENT Iraqi blood on their hands. I predict Routh will "commit suicide" or a "crazed inmate" will kill him because of his love for America and all her freedoms wink wink ; ) ; ) Watch.
DougMasters
Feb 4, 2013 12:20 PM CST
Say it with me folks, menta menta menta menta mental illness.
Mmm....nope
Feb 4, 2013 8:20 AM CST
One wonders what happened to the "logic" suggested by those who say things like, "Ever notice how these shootings never happen at an NRA meeting?"