Security tight for former SEAL Kyle's procession


by KRIS BETTS / KVUE News and photojournalist DATHAN HULL

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Posted on February 11, 2013 at 11:30 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 12 at 12:43 PM

AUSTIN -- At Cowboys Stadium Monday, it was an emotional goodbye to a man remembered for his military service and crucial work with veterans.

In a tearful speech, former Navy Seal Chris Kyle’s wife had a list of attributes to describe the slain veteran.

"He was the most uniquely idealistic, fun, loving, intelligent, intuitive and sensitive man I had ever met,” Taya Kyle said.

Kyle was killed last week by a man he was trying to help. Eddie Ray Routh, the man accused of shooting Kyle, has been charged with two counts of capital murder.

“He was a big supporter of those who need help who have PTSD,” said Michael Hogg, a retired Navy Lieutenant Commander and friend of Kyle’s Officer in Charge.

Hogg also works with veterans with PTSD, and plans to be a part of Tuesday’s 200-mile procession from Dallas to Austin to “support the family and our fellow brothers-in-arms.”

Thousands of people are expected to show their support for Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle at the procession that ends at Texas State Cemetery in East Austin.

The procession is expected to reach Round Rock by 11 a.m. and police will shut down southbound I-35 until the last car has gone through.

Austin police plan to leave the interstate open, but ask that drivers use an alternate route.

The procession will exit 6th Street, then travel east on 7th Street to the cemetery on Navasota. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Navasota and Comal will be closed between 7th and 11th Streets.

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Texas State Cemetery officials also tell KVUE that along with police, the Travis County Sheriff's Department, DPS and Texas Homeland Security will be present Tuesday, after reports of protests from the Westboro Baptist Church.

Kyle will be buried near Monument Hill across from the graves of fellow Texas Navy SEALs.

“What Chris was doing will be his lasting memorial. We will search and press even harder to find easier ways to provide a treatment to those that have served our nation,” said Hogg, referring to Kyle’s legacy.

If you would like to join Kyle’s procession Tuesday, Austin police request that all supporters use frontage roads and overpasses. The funeral will be private, and it is expected to begin at 1 p.m.

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