'American Sniper' killer found guilty.
By Jesse Carr
For the families of Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield it has been a long two years of waiting, watching, and praying. Deliberations in the trial of Eddie Ray Routh ended Tuesday evening, and shortly after the jury found Routh guilty of two capital murder charges. It was only fitting that just two years after their killings justice was served.
The case was a slam dunk for the prosecution, however, surprisingly they did not seek the death penalty. After the verdict was released, Judy Littlefield the mother of chad Littlefield said, "It was an answered prayer. We waited a long time to hear that, and we feel justice was served."
Nearly two months since the release of the box office hit 'American Sniper' many Americans waited in anticipation for the fate of Routh to be determined.
During the closing arguments prosecutor Alan Nash passionately asked jurors not to let Routh "off the hook," Nash went on to say “This defendant gunned down two men in cold blood … in our county. Find him guilty."
For the legend, justice was served. But for the family and friends of Kyle and Littlefield there remains a gaping hole that will never be filled. The murder of Chris Kyle brings to light the horrible nature of life in that Kyle survived four combat deployments only to be killed just minutes from his house. For many of us in the military this is a terrible irony that we have faced before, a close friend and fellow service member who survives combat only to die at home, the epitome of safety and comfort.
Routh is a reminder of the evil that can confront us on a daily basis, however, Littlefields father, Don Littlefield approached his son’s killer with the right mindset. “The state of Texas has decided to spare your life, which is more than you were willing to give Chad,” He said. “We will not become angry, bitter or resentful. That would keep us bound to you, and you do not deserve that honor.”
Chris Kyle’s legend will live on as the most deadly and effective sniper in American history, and we should honor him by focusing on that, instead of his killer. At Heroes in Action these horrible and unexpected situations are why we do what we do. We believe it is our duty to Remember, Respect, and Recognize the sacrifices made by individuals and their families, be it military, police, or fire.
At Heroes in Action we believe in paying tribute to our fallen or injured heroes by providing for them and their families in whatever capacity we are able. Their sacrifices are our motivation for why we do what we do.
By Jesse Carr
Limits are meant to be challenging, the higher the limit, the stronger we become. Limits teach us about our capabilities. During these tests, our mental resolve teaches us that we can do more! Are you willing to test your limits? Are you willing to push those limits and find out just how strong you are?
Climbers, we need you. On May 9th, we will push those limits. It isn’t about us or what we can do, but the people that we are representing. At Heroes in Action, we believe in honoring heroes through our actions. Please join us this May, at our inaugural Heroes Memorial Climb as we set out to honor firefighters, police officers, and military veterans who have served and sacrificed for our community, state, and nation.
We encourage you to come out and support local charities in the Firefighter Andy Allison Fund, Peace Officers Angels Foundation, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, as we climb for their benefit and climb to honor our heroes nationwide.
As we prepare for the climb, physically, administratively, and logistically, it is important that we remember why we do this - to remember, respect, and recognize our heroes who have sacrificed so much. As legacies and memories begin to fade, it is our duty and responsibility to preserve the individuals who so valiantly sacrificed for us. The purpose of the climb is not only to benefit local charities, but it is intended for us to memorialize someone we know, and to climb in honor of them.
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