WATCH: Family of Chris Kyle releases exclusive statement to TheBlaze

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Chris Kyle’s brother Jeff read a prepared statement from the family tonight at The Glenn Beck Studios in Dallas, TX.

From TheBlaze:

“My name is Jeff Kyle. I’m here representing my family, the Kyle family, and also the Littlefield family. I am reading a prepared statement prepared by the Kyle family and Littlefield family,” Kyle began.

“Chris Kyle and his trusted friend, Chad Littlefield, were tragically killed on Saturday, February 2, 2013, by a troubled veteran whom they were trying to help,” Kyle said. “Chris lived by a professional motto: ‘It is our duty to serve those who serve us.’ And he and Chad died honoring this creed.”

He went on: “Above all else, Chris was a unique individual, an amazing loving father, husband, son, brother, friend and devout Christian who had a profound effect on the lives of those that he touched…Chris was publicly known for being the president of Craft International and the author of the best-selling book ‘American Sniper.’ Chris, a former Navy SEAL, served four combat tours in operation Iraqi Freedom and elsewhere.”

“We’re all saddened by his tragic death. And America has truly lost one of its finest sons and a true patriot,” Kyle added.

He also described Chad Littlefield, 35, as a devoted husband and father and loyal friend to many.

“Chad felt deeply about the values of family, compassion, friendship and loyalty and was equally passionate about his love of God and country,” he said. “Chad was a cherished friend to Chris. Chad’s passing is a tremendous loss and our thoughts and prayers go out to the Littlefield family.”

Kyle also addressed the media: “I and the families request that the media respect the privacy of our family and the friends while we grieve the loss of Chris and details of the memorial service and funeral will be released at a later time.”

Marcus Luttrell, a former Navy SEAL and close friend of Chris Kyle, also offered a few words in honor of the slain SEAL.

“I miss you bro,” he said. “I think we’ve buried 67 of our closest brothers now, and it just never gets any easier.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/thomas.clement.9083 Thomas Clement

    RIP hero

  • RH

    God bless both of these heroes who were trying to help another in trouble!

  • Lime Lite

    RIP to both men. We mourn with you.

  • http://twitter.com/WaltsPrincesss Laurie

    RIP Chris and Chad.   You will be greatly missed. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/jkinggordon Jennifer Ann King Gordon

    RIP A great American HERO!! Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield you will be greatly missed..

  • Anonymous

    Such a sad ending to the lives of two great Americans.  However, the government needs to be doing more to help Vets with PTSD.  These brave men would not have died if the government was doing it’s job for our returning soldiers.

  • Anonymous

    I saw a soldier kneeling down,for this was the first quiet place he had found.He had traveled through jungles, rivers and mudHe’d tasted sweat and shed his blood
    He folded his hands and looked to the skyI saw his tears, as they welled in his eyes.He spoke to God, and this is what he said.”God Bless my men, who now lie dead;
    I know not what You have in mind,but when You judge them, please be kindwhen they come before You, they will be poorly dressedbut they’ll walk proudly, for they have done their best.
    Their boots will be muddy and their clothes all tornbut these clothes they have so proudly worn.Their hearts will be still and cold inside,for they have fought their best and did so with pride.
    So please take care of them as they pass Your waythe price of freedom they’ve already paid.”
    AMEN!

  • Anonymous

    I am so sorry for the loss of these two American Heros. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the families involved.

     

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7KGYFSZ4J7R2GX6FBFIOUU2FKY Kanolee

    RIP my Brothers

  • Anonymous

    My husband and I are heartbroken at the loss of these two great men. RIP, Chris and Chad

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=645505096 Brad York

    I have a lot of anger about these guys deaths. I’m sad but really I’m angry.

  • http://twitter.com/willobybound Jim Bills

    Jeff I am praying for you and the rest of your family. I remember how proud you are of him. if there is anything I can do let me know.
    Jimmy Bills

  • Anonymous

    For the Kyle family, and also the Littlefield family, and Marcus Luttrell, a community stands to help you and will pull up along side you to make a better world. 

    A death caused by a break in behaviour, a psychotic break. More and more we fear harmful psychiatric drugs bringing out an increase in frequency of these breakouts of ‘homicidal ideation’ (the phrase written on the prescription’s black box warning). We need to take these addictive atypical anti-psychotics warnings seriously, even if the psychiatrists who profit won’t. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003964688429 Erik Peterson

    Mr. Kyle. 

    May your brother RIP and we appreciate what your family provided our country. Your brother exemplified everything thats great about American culture. Leader. Selfless. Caring. Strong. Principled. Integrity. Honest.

  • Anonymous

    Taking a mental patient to a gun range, how’d that work out?

  • http://www.facebook.com/vdorsey Vicki Duncan Dorsey

    RIP heros…..Chris and Chad….

  • Anonymous

    These men would not have died if they hadn’t supplied a lunatic with a gun, same lesson the Connecticut Shooter’s mom learned.

  • Anonymous

    That he put a lot of other people in danger by giving a crazy guy a gun? 

  • http://eddvoss.com Edd Voss

     That’s the way to do it. Paint the guy with PTSD as a lunatic. Where have I seen that tactic before? Oh yeah it was after Vietnam. Don’t do that to another generation.
    My heart and prayers go out to the Kyle and Littlefield families. They also go out to the tortured soul who did this. What kind of pain would cause him to turn on the very people trying to help him?

  • Anonymous

    Guy murders two men for no reason, and you don’t think he’s a lunatic?  This guy’s problems were far beyond the cookie-cutter crap of “PTSD”. Perhaps if Kyle had not decided to play some sort of mental health professional, he’d be alive.

  • Anonymous

    Critten the ignorance of your comment is only surpassed by the arrogance of you attempting to
    comprehend the pain of PTSD. If you have not suffered it you know
    not of whence you speak. As Confusius said… better to remain
    silent and be thought a fool then to speak and remove all doubt.

  • http://twitter.com/nutts2020 nutt

    (quotation by Mark Twain)

  • Anonymous

    the man was not a lunatic but someone who needed help and Chris Kyle was trying to help out a fellow soldier….God bless him and his family…….Critten, you are a cretin

  • Anonymous

    It’s a nice little term to cover up the real mental illness you are dealing with, isn’t it? 

  • Anonymous

    I am very saddened by your loss, you are in my prayers.

  • http://eddvoss.com Edd Voss

    Cookie cutter crap? Kyle wasn’t trying to play a mental health professional, he was just trying to help a friend cope. But keep feeding the hate and it won’t be long till we repeat what we did to the troops after Vietnam.

  • Anonymous

    Why is it that ignorant comments as this never show a real pic???  The ‘lunatic’ in the ‘Sandy Hoax’ was our Government-Education is key, and post a real pic-This man was one of America’s finest-RIP

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002555775920 Steve Newton

    No doubt Critten has no experience in this matter. As a viet nam vet who suffered from PTSD i assure you it is real and not covering up anything. Walk the walk or stfu Critten.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000186126979 Raven Westmoreland

      not all ptsd are lunatics; my sister suffers from this since a horrific incident in her life and she is not dangerous….

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shane-Branning/100000402966734 Shane Branning

    Critten; Cretin: a deformed idiot of the Alpin Valley region…

  • http://youtu.be/xm1F7ub00gk Sam Fisher

    I thought it would a good idea and tribute to Chris Kyle to post General Patton’s poem Though a Glass, Darkly.
    http://www.generalpatton.com/quotes/index4.html

  • http://www.facebook.com/josh.romelus Josh Romelus

    My condolences and prayers to the Kyle and Littlefield families.   

    On the hand, is there any witness of this heinous act, besides the alleged perpetrator?  Just wondering. 

  • Anonymous

    This man had PTSD. If the government was taking care of vets, other vets wouldn’t have to. Instead, Obama is trying to take care of Mexicos indigent by offering them a free ride here.

  • http://eddvoss.com Edd Voss

     Raven, I understand that. It was Critten that seems to think otherwise. I too know people who have learned to deal with their  PTSD.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/AUCU3E5BU2Z4KBRPWLPXWSLX6E know it some

    Too bad there weren’t more good guys with guns at that shooting range. They could have prevented this.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/AUCU3E5BU2Z4KBRPWLPXWSLX6E know it some

    You should probably walk around with a gun to deal with that rage.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/AUCU3E5BU2Z4KBRPWLPXWSLX6E know it some

    If those of you who claim to be sad about the loss of this hero were serious, you’d advocate for gun control. Short of that, you’re all hypocrites.

  • http://twitter.com/JimTom1901 carl jack childers

    Your a tool, huh?

  • http://www.facebook.com/johnnykickstart John Flynn

    You tramp on the grave of this decorated hero to bring up your political agenda and pretend that if we had gun control this wouldn’t have happened.  The only gun control that can possibly stop things like this is rounding up every single gun in the world which is completely impossible.  You are an absolute moron.  You call us hypocrites…  let’s try this…  you are for gun control, so go and put a sign in your front yard saying, “A proud gun free individual lives in this house.”  Let’s see how long you last.  I’m sure you won’t do this because it is you after all that is the hypocrite.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jalina-Susan-Stutte/1064345572 Jalina Susan Stutte

    God Bless these families members of Kyles and Littlefields.

  • Anonymous

    I saw a video with Chris and he was talking about lending a helping hand to our nations Heros and their families. He said, rather than a handshake and thank you, why don’t you try lending a hand for something like mowing a yard, preparing a meal or even babysitting so that the families can enjoy a date night or maybe just a nap.

    I fly quite a bit in my job and usually I am able to upgrade a cheaper flight to a first class seat. I have had the honor of swapping seats with a military member a few times and found it to be very rewarding. The military is usually in a cramped up seat towards the back of the plane and they lose precious time departing the plane that could be spent with waiting family members. They don’t have the opportunity to ride in first class very often. So if you have an upgraded seat on a flight and see a military member enter the plane, ask them for their seat number and tell them that they are sitting in your seat for this flight.

    If you know of a military family in your neighborhood or town, do something for them. Fix a meal, order them a pizza, now their lawn, see if they have something that needs repaired. If you can’t fix things, hire someone who can. Shaking their hand and saying thank you is very nice and respectful. Actually doing something for them in return for their sacrifice is serving them. We need to serve those who serve us. One thing is for sure, your service isn’t going to cost you everything!

  • Anonymous

    I saw a video with Chris and he was talking about lending a helping hand to our nations Heros and their families. He said, rather than a handshake and thank you, why don’t you try lending a hand for something like mowing a yard, preparing a meal or even babysitting so that the families can enjoy a date night or maybe just a nap.

    I fly quite a bit in my job and usually I am able to upgrade a cheaper flight to a first class seat. I have had the honor of swapping seats with a military member a few times and found it to be very rewarding. The military is usually in a cramped up seat towards the back of the plane and they lose precious time departing the plane that could be spent with waiting family members. They don’t have the opportunity to ride in first class very often. So if you have an upgraded seat on a flight and see a military member enter the plane, ask them for their seat number and tell them that they are sitting in your seat for this flight.

    If you know of a military family in your neighborhood or town, do something for them. Fix a meal, order them a pizza, now their lawn, see if they have something that needs repaired. If you can’t fix things, hire someone who can. Shaking their hand and saying thank you is very nice and respectful. Actually doing something for them in return for their sacrifice is serving them. We need to serve those who serve us. One thing is for sure, your service isn’t going to cost you everything!

  • Bob Hubbard

    Chris was not “playing” some sort of mental health professional.  He was doing what he could to try to help a “brother” in need.  It’s easy for you to sit on your couch and judge his actions.  Sitting on your couch is probably ALL you can do.

  • Draxx

    It took me a while to put my thoughts back together to post, I lost a lot of sleep last night after watching this GB Episode!  Because it touches home with me as a former Army Sergeant, and all those FRIENDS of Mine that have Died from serving in Combat Zones.  But, it wasn’t just the Combat Zone Abroad that was Killing Them, it was also the Combat Zones Domestically (maybe they live in a slum area full of Gang Bangers that are Killing Each Other In The Streets of America, they hear the gun shots [usually by pistol and not assault rifles], they hear the people screaming in pain, terror, confusion, and crying over those that have died. For a while the line between foreign and domestic war zones gets blurred, and before they know it… They are sweating because of the rush of Adrenaline going through their systems is kicking into high gear, and their minds start taking in everything around them that they might need to consider for the safety of their family and themselves.  Their Hearts Beat Hard & Fast to the point of near panic, but because they have been in Combat the “Soldier” in them Kicks into gear.  Reflexively they start taking action, and for a soldier on the Battlefield that first move is to procure your weapon [and outside sounds like a battlefied].  The next move is to Assess Threats and Friend From Foe [You don't have to be a soldier to do this because it is Human Nature, and it is this Human Nature Part That Is Hardwired Into A Person With PTSD and it doesn't go back into low gear.].  The Soldier then starts calling out for Family Members to see if everyone is okay or the victim outside.  Usually, everyone gets called in and the situation levels off, the “Soldier” part calms down a bit but does not go away. By Nature the Soldier goes out and investigates the situation outside to decide how safe the family is, and even though things seem to have played out in their minds there is still a little doubt. That person does not sleep that night, worries about the future, because their country is not taking care of them.  They are stuck in bleak conditions with no apparent way out, and after months and months of this going on they begin to lose Hope!  And this is when the real problems start…).  I have lost friends that Lost All Hope and did Something Stupid that caused them their Life!  I have lost friends to Bullets from the Enemy, and a few to their own firearms!  Either way, it was still the Combat that Killed Them!   But, some could have been saved if their situation was better when they came home, than it was on the Battlefield.  We need to help them get that Safety Net, Work, Friends, Family and Help them lead Productive Lives!  Not Catergorize Them As People With Mental Disorders That Are Permanent…

  • http://www.facebook.com/jerry.sutton.140 Jerry Sutton

    Critten, pray those men forgive you for your words.  I suspect they will because they have hearts of love verses yours of stone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000077730873 Connie Bevan

    RIP hero. My Welsh grandmother, Nan, used to say the good always die young. And in your case she was absolutely right. We are all only here for a short time, and we are all enriched by knowing there are men like you who will give up everything for their country. And their neighbor.

    Our Father in heaven is waiting for you with open arms. Only He knows your heart. And, as they say, there is no greater honor than to die for your brother.

    One final salute to you, Chris Kyle. Patriot. Husband. Father. American. Hero.  
     

  • Anonymous

    To Critten on here:
    Imagine painting Chris Kyle with the same brush as that pathetic soul in Sandy Hook! Some people are mind-boggling. Chris Kyle was doing what this worthless government should have been doing – providing help for the troops with PTSD. They are an accident waiting to happen because they need help! Same as the guy that killed all the little angels at Sandy Hook – we need to do more for the mentally unstable/sick – get off the gun control thing, that’s just feeding into the plans of this government to disarm the people (government tyranny anyone?), and demand help for the mentally ill.