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Slain ex-SEAL honored by thousands

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Surrounded by her husband’s military friends, one who offered a glove to wipe away her tears, Taya Kyle stood in front of the flag-draped coffin, her voice trembling as she described to a crowd of thousands what her husband, ex-Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, meant to his family, friends and country.

“Chris, there isn’t enough time to tell you everything you mean to me and everything you taught me,” his widow said Monday at Cowboys Stadium during a two-hour memorial service for her husband, a decorated sniper and best-selling author who was slain earlier this month at a gun range in North Texas.

Kyle’s funeral service is scheduled for Tuesday. He will be buried at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin after a 200-mile funeral procession starting in the Dallas area.

Nearly 7,000 people, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her husband, attended the service Monday.

Dozens of military personnel and others were seated in front of the podium near the Dallas Cowboys’ star at midfield, where Kyle’s coffin was placed.

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