Mon Feb 4, 2013, 02:07 AM
JI7 (50,759 posts)
Routh's Mother Asked Kyle To Help Her Son
Law enforcement revealed that the family of Eddie Ray Routh was hoping former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle could help her son, a 25-year-old veteran.
According to Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant, Kyle may have been helping Routh with his struggles.
"The suspect's mother was a schoolteacher for a long time," Sheriff Bryant said. "She may have reach out to Mr. Kyle to help her son. We kind of have an idea that's why they may have been on the range for some type of therapy that Mr. Kyle assisted with."
Sheriff Bryant said Routh was unemployed and "may have been suffering from some type of mental illness from being in the military himself," but he didn't know if Routh was on any medication.
Danny and Sandra Elizondo, who live across the street and several houses down from Routh's Lancaster home, said they have known Routh for three years. The couple said they had cookouts and attended parades together.
"He seemed to be real nice," Danny Elizondo said. "We'd gotten together a couple of times. He talked to me about him being in Iraq, and I just can't see him flipping out like that."
But another neighbor had a different impression.
"He just had that evil persona about him," Carolyn Greathouse said. "He didn't talk to nobody. He gave you a dirty look all the time. He's one of the people you just don't want to hang out with. You want to go your own way."
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Mon Feb 4, 2013, 02:34 AM
me b zola (18,027 posts)
3. The entire thing is a tragedy
Every last bit of it.
Yes, I agree full heartedly that taking someone to a shooting range who has combat related ptsd may not be a wise move, but I would rather just feel sad for the entire thing than point fingers.