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Texas House honors ex-Navy SEAL Chris Kyle

Published On: Feb 28 2013 02:45:46 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 28 2013 02:54:49 PM CST
83rd Legislature
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -

The Texas House has unanimously passed a resolution honoring slain former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.

Waxahachie Republican Rep. Jim Pitts said Kyle, who authored the best-selling book "American Sniper," ''was clearly dedicated to the idea of putting others first."

Pitts said that in a perfect world, Kyle would not have been shot dead Feb. 2.

He said "our world is not a perfect world" but that Kyle was "trying to get us closer to that ideal."

Widow Taya Kyle was among those who gathered in front of the House. As representatives stood to formally approve the memorial resolution, she softly and briefly clapped her hands.

Iraq War veteran Eddie Ray Routh has been charged in the killings of Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a North Texas gun range.