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Slain Ex-Navy SEAL Laid To Rest In Austin
Strangers like Susan Dantzler watched quietly from a distance. "My place wasn't inside it was from afar. It's kind of like the SEALs. They served faceless. It's not about me," said Dantzler.
Dantlzer traveled more than 200 miles to attend Chris Kyle's burial -- even though she never met him. The murdered Navy SEAL was laid to rest at the Texas State Cemetery in East Austin.
"I felt like I needed to be here, pay my respects, this guy gave all for us," said Shirley Oberton.
Hundreds of Patriot Guard Riders surrounded Kyle's burial plot, honored to be asked by the family to attend the private ceremony.
"We're going to do a flag line on this side of the cemetery and on the other side," said David Dunn.
Kyle's body arrived in a white hearse, draped in an American flag.
It was an emotional moment for Dantzler who served in the Army. "He's a great American hero. He saved many lives with what he did," she added.
A 21-gun salute and Air Force flyover packed an emotional punch for some.
"The flyover was incredible, it rattled your bones and got the message across to you," said William Dundon.
And for third-generation Texans like Pat Nance, Kyle's funeral was an opportunity to teach the younger generation of what it means to be an American.
"I wanted him to see a Texas hero," said Nance.
Kyle's family issued a statement to the media thanking the men and women of the military for their love and support.
Kyle was considered the deadliest sniper in the history of the U.S. military. His book "American Sniper" recounted his efforts in the war on terror and in Iraq.
Kyle and friend Chad Littlefield were shot multiple times at a remote shooting range Feb. 2. A man has been charged in their deaths.
By Alex Boyer