Family of man accused of killing former Navy SEAL offers condolences
By BILL MILLER | Fort Worth Star-Telegram | Published: February 26, 2013
The family of Eddie Routh, the man suspected of killing former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend, Chad Littlefield, issued a statement Tuesday, expressing condolences to the families of the slain men.
Routh, 25, remained in the Erath County Jail Tuesday, charged with the Feb. 2 slayings of Kyle and Littlefield on the shooting range of a resort near Glen Rose. Kyle, author of American Sniper, has been called the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history.
In the brief statement, Routh's mother, Jodi, said she and her husband, Raymond, were "incredibly heartbroken" for the Kyle and Littlefield families.
"No words can truly express the sorrow we feel for the Kyles and Littlefields, their extended family and friends," Jodi Routh said in the statement. "Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you all."
Routh, a member of the Marines Corps Reserve, threatened to kill his family and himself on Sept. 2, according to police records in Lancaster.
Kyle and Littlefield, both of Midlothian, wanted to help Routh work through Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that resulted from his service in Iraq and had taken him to the gun range at Rough Creek Lodge for an afternoon of target practice.
"We wish we could thank Chris Kyle for his genuine interest in helping our son overcome this battle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder," Jodi Routh said in the statement. "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."
According to Lancaster police records, Routh's mother told a 911 operator in September that her son "probably needs to go to the VA to the emergency room and they need to admit him to the mental ward."
Shortly after the Feb. 2 shootings, Routh's sister told a 911 operator that her brother had come to her house and confessed to killing two people and was "psychotic," according to a recording of the frantic call to Midlothian police. Routh was arrested a short time later.
His parents could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
Their statement was issued by J. Warren St. John, one of Routh's defense lawyers. He declined to discuss details about the statement Tuesday, although he did say that Routh's family waited until Tuesday to issue the statement out of respect to the two men's families.
This photo provided by the Erath County Sheriff’s Office shows Eddie Ray Routh. He was charged with murder in connection with a shooting at a central Texas gun range that killed former Navy SEAL and "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield, the Texas Department of Public Safety said Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013.
ERATH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE