Parents of Chris Kyle shooting suspect thank him

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by JIM DOUGLAS

WFAA

Posted on February 26, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 3:00 AM

For the first time since the murders of Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield, the family of accused killer Eddie Routh has issued a statement. Routh's attorney says the family waited until now out of respect for the victims' loved ones.  

Their message is filled with sorrow, prayers and hope.

We've seen Eddie Routh mostly in his mugshot. Bearded, in a jail jumpsuit.

Tuesday his family released a photo showing Eddie Routh the proud United States Marine, arm in arm with his equally proud mother, Jodi. 

It was Jodi who hoped Chris Kyle could help her son, who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. And now she writes in anguish, "We wish we could thank Chris Kyle for his genuine interest in helping our son overcome his battle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder."

"We want others with PTSD to know their struggle is recognized, and we hope this tragedy will somehow help in getting greater care for and assistance to those in need."

Chris Kyle, the former Navy SEAL sniper, died trying to help, along with his close friend Chad Littlefield.

Eddie Routh, who served in Iraq and responded to the Haiti earthquake, remains in the Erath County jail. At first he refused to see his family, but attorney Warren St John says Routh is now taking medication and cooperating. Routh's mom writes, "No words can truly express the sorrow we feel for the Kyles and Littlefields, their extended family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you all."

We are, she says, "incredibly heartbroken for your loss."


Here is the family's complete statement, as forwarded by attorney St. John: 

"Raymond and I want to express our deepest condolences to the Kyle and Littlefield families. We are incredibly heartbroken for your loss.

We wish we could thank Chris Kyle for his genuine interest in helping our son overcome his battle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 

We want others with PTSD to know their struggle is recognized and we hope this tragedy will somehow help in getting greater care for and assistance to those in need.

No words can truly express the sorrow we feel for the Kyles and Littlefields, their extended family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you all. 

- The Routh Family"


 

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