Routh family releases first public statement on Kyle-Littlefield shooting
By K’Leigh Bedingfield –
Family of Eddie Ray Routh, who is accused of killing Navy SEAL sniper, Chris Kyle, and friend, Chad Littlefield, released a statement through Routh’s attorney extending their thoughts and prayers.
Routh, 25, has been charged with capital murder for killing Kyle and Littlefield on Feb. 2 at Rough Creek Lodge in Glen Rose, Texas. He allegedly shot them multiple times with a semi-automatic weapon while out on a shooting range and then stole Kyle’s truck. Jodi, Routh’s mother, reached out in the past for Kyle’s assistance to help her son, who is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
The family released their statement through J. Warren St. John of Fort Worth, one of Routh’s court-appointed attorneys. The statement was the very first time the family had publicly spoken since the shooting occurred earlier this month.
“Raymond and I want to express our deepest condolences to the Kyle and Littlefield families. We are incredibly heartbroken for your loss.
“We wish we could thank Chris Kyle for his genuine interest in helping our son overcome his battle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
“We want others with PTSD to know their struggle is recognized and we hope this tragedy will somehow help in getting greater care for and assistance to those in need.
“No words can truly express the sorrow we feel for the Kyles and Littlefields, their extended family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you all. – The Routh Family”
Kyle and Littlefield, both of whom were veterans and residents of Midlothian, Texas, worked with other veterans to help them cope with PTSD and ease back into the civilian lifestyle.
Kyle was a Navy SEAL sniper who was recognized as the most lethal sniper in U.S. Military history with 160 confirmed kills and as a #1 New York Times best-selling author with his autobiography, American Sniper.
Routh is currently in the Erath County Jail awaiting trial under solitary confinement and suicide watch.