Chris Kyle: a hero in the United States Navy SEAL

Some may think of Chris Kyle as an ordinary, family man, but others may think of him as the American Sniper.
“He was one of the best snipers in American History,” Rafael Gonzalez, seventh grade visual arts major said.
Born in Odessa, Texas in 1974, he was originally a bull rider at a rodeo until he had a career-ending arm injury. After his arm healed, he decided to join the United States Navy SEALs, serving in Afghanistan from 2006 until 2009. He was the most lethal sniper in the U.S. Navy SEALs, with over 160 confirmed kills, according to Kyle’s autobiography.
“I think his injury is what brought him into the war, and being the great person he was,” Mark Joseph Stern, columnist for “Slate” magazine said.
Aside from being in the Navy SEALs, he was a family man. He was married to his wife Taya, and had two children.
“He was an all-out great person, regardless if he was serving in Afghanistan, or if he was with his family. He is an amazing person, and that is what made his life so great,” Rebecca Cruz, eighth grade vocal major said.
Kyle wrote a book about his time in the Navy, as well as his family relationship and his personal life, titled “American Sniper: The Autobiography of The Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History.” Actor and director Clint Eastwood made the movie “American Sniper”, based on Kyle’s book. Kyle was played by Bradley Cooper.
“I think that the movie showed people that Chris Kyle’s life was inspiring, and it might inspire people to join the military, after seeing his story,” Cruz said.
Unfortunately, on Feb. 2, 2013, Kyle was shot and killed by Eddie Ray Routh, a 25-year-old U.S. Marine Corps veteran. On Feb. 25, 2015, Routh was found guilty on two counts of capital murder. Over 80,000 people attended Kyle’s funeral at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas.