1,000s expected to attend ex-sniper's memorial

8:41 AM, Feb 11, 2013   |    comments
Chris Kyle was a former Navy SEAL and author of the book 'American Sniper.'(Photo: Paul Moseley, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, via AP)
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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Thousands of people are expected to attend a public memorial service for former Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, who was shot to death at a Texas shooting range.

Mourners will gather Monday at Cowboys Stadium to pay tribute to the 38-year-old who was reputed to be the deadliest sniper in American military history.

Kyle left the Navy in 2009 after four tours of duty in Iraq and wrote the best-selling book "American Sniper."

Another Iraq War veteran,  25-year-old Eddie Ray Routh, has been charged in the killings of Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a gun range Feb. 2.

Kyle will be buried at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin after a 200-mile funeral procession starting in the Dallas area Tuesday morning.

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