‘GUT WRENCHING’: Father of ‘American Sniper’ Chris Kyle Shares What the Family Went Through During Murder Trial

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Can’t even begin to imagine what this family is going through. Luckily, justice was served.

While “American Sniper” was breaking box office records in February, Wayne Kyle was enduring the trial of the man accused of murdering his son.

Former U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle, the subject of the blockbuster film starring Bradley Cooper, was shot and killed in 2013 by military veteran Eddie Ray Routh, who has been sentenced to life in prison. Kyle and friend Chad Littlefield had taken Routh to a shooting range near their home in Texas in an attempt to support him as he struggled to return to civilian life after serving as a U.S. Marine. Routh murdered both men at the range.

“Oh gosh, it was horrible,” Wayne Kyle told Lester Holt on TODAY about the trial. “I mean gut-wrenching. And it’s just one of those deals that you just want to jump over the railing and, you know, kill him with your bare hands.”

Wayne Kyle also took issue with the film’s portrayal of his other son, Jeff, who also served in Iraq.

“It was an absolute disgrace,” he said. “They portrayed Jeff as a weak, almost cowardly marine, just wanting to get out of country in any way possible, and that couldn’t be further from the truth from the way Jeff was, is.”

Read more: Today

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