Memorial to slain Navy Seal Chris Kyle unveiled in Texas

Supporters and spectators take photos of the Chris Kyle statue after the unveiling Thursday, July 28, 2016 at the Chris Kyle Memorial Plaza in Odessa, Texas. A memorial for slain Navy Seal and "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle has been unveiled in the West Texas city where he was born in 1974. (Jacob Ford/Odessa American via AP)

ODESSA, Texas (AP) — A memorial for slain Navy Seal and “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle has been unveiled in the West Texas city where he was born in 1974.

Ceremonies were held Thursday in Odessa to unveil the granite-and-limestone Chris Kyle Memorial Plaza, which also includes a bronze statue of Kyle. It is a privately funded memorial.

Several trees from ex-President George W. Bush’s ranch near Crawford were purchased by memorial organizers and moved to the site earlier this year.

Kyle and friend Chad Littlefield were killed in 2013 at a Texas shooting range. A former Marine was convicted in their deaths and sentenced to life in prison.

Kyle’s autobiography was the basis for the 2014 film “American Sniper,” starring Bradley Cooper.

 

 

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