In final interview, sniper Chris Kyle pondered his legacy

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Former Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle was killed along with a friend at an Erath County gun range on Saturday afternoon.



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Posted on February 4, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 5 at 2:32 AM

DALLAS – In what might be his final interview, retired Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle pondered his legacy to Texan News Service at Tarleton State University, his alma mater.

“I would love for people to be able to – when they think of me - think ‘Here’s a guy who stood up for what he believed in and helped make a difference for the vets,” Kyle told “Somebody who cared so much about them he wanted them taken care of.”

Kyle gave the interview on Jan. 28 – five days before the retired Navy SEAL sniper was murdered at a North Texas gun range by, police say, a former Marine who allegedly suffered from post traumatic stress disorder. One of Kyle's friends, Chad Littlefield, was also killed.

The 26-minute conversation is captured in an audio recording first published at on Monday afternoon.

“There’s definitely still a lot of hurt from losing my guys, or the fact that I got out when I felt like it wasn’t my time yet, “ Kyle told “So being able to do this makes me still feel like I’m a part of it and still giving back. I feel that we definitely owe these guys everything that we can, so I’m just trying to do my part."