UPDATED: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 5:13pm
Waco, TX — On February 2nd, Navy Seal Sniper Chris Kyle was gunned down by a man he was trying to help at a shooting range in Erath County.
Disbelief spread across the county shortly after.
Today, Chris Kyle was buried at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin, but not before his body and his funeral procession crossed though Waco.
Yesterday, 7,000 people attended a memorial at Cowboys Stadium to remember Kyle.
Over four deployments to Iraq, Navy Seal Sniper Chris Kyle became the most-prolific sniper in American history by claiming more than 160 confirmed kills.
After ten years of service, Kyle returned to Texas to concentrate on family.
On February 2nd, while trying to help a fellow military man battle his own demons of war, Kyle and his neighbor, Chad Littlefield, were allegedly shot and killed by Marine, Eddie Ray Routh, 25, at a shooting range in Erath County.
“Anybody in Afghanistan, anybody in Iraq, anybody in the Middle East knows Chris Kyle’s name,” said Jeff Aguerre, who worked overseas when Kyle was deployed.
Sonny Jones is a member of the Patriot Guard, a motorcycle group that assists in fallen soldier’s funerals.
He and thousands of other Central Texans like Aguerre lined I-35 and numerous overpasses in Central Texas to help remember a man who served his country and his fellow citizens.
“It just breaks people's hearts that an American hero comes back, and he’s in the process of helping veterans recuperate from problems they might have encountered overseas, and for him to go down the way he did, it’s very sad,” said Jones.
“Regardless of your views on the war, the man was a brother to everyone,” said Aguerre. “Whether you were military, whether you were a soldier, whether you’re a cop on the streets or whether you are sitting at your house because you don’t want to get out in the whether, everything he did helped shape the course of those events over there, which helped shape the course of what we have here.”