After presenting a tribute to slain SEAL Chris Kyle,Taya Kyle, his widow, delivered an emotion-filled speech Friday at the National Rifle Association Leadership Forum.
Christopher Scott “Chris” Kyle, known as the most lethal sniper in American military history, was killed on Feb. 2 by 25-year-old fellow veteran Eddie Ray Routh, whom Kyle had befriended.
“I challenge anyone to tell me there is not evil in this world.” Mrs. Kyle said, voice cracking slightly. “From the days of Cain and Abel we know all too well there will always be evil, but that evil shouldn’t take away our freedom.”
She emphasized that her husband would not want anyone to remember him solely as a hero. “He would not want that,” she said.
“Instead, I ask that you see him the way he would have wanted you to see him — as just an everyday boy who did his best at what he loved, growing into an everyday man — loving his God, loving his country and loving his family.”
Throughout her address, images of Chris Kyle were flashed on the screen, which occasionally caused her to emit short bursts of emotion.
“He was the most loving, soul-changing husband and father I have ever encountered,” she said.
“On January 28th of this year, Chris said, ‘I would like for people to think of me as a guy who stood up for what he believed in and helped make a difference for veterans — you know, someone who cared so much about them that he wanted them taken care of,’” she recalled.
“Well Chris, well done babe. You did it, and you did it well.”
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