Abbott establishes 'Chris Kyle Day'

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Chris Kyle, the retired Navy SEAL depicted in the blockbuster movie "American Sniper," now has a day in his honor two years after being killed.

Gov. Greg Abbott signed a proclamation declaring Monday as "Chris Kyle Day" in Texas, where Kyle was raised and lived after serving in Iraq.

Kyle is reputed to be the deadliest sniper in American history. Actor Bradley Cooper plays him in a movie based on Kyle's autobiography, "American Sniper," which has made nearly $250 million in theaters.

Kyle and another man were fatally shot in February 2013 at a North Texas gun range. The trial of the suspected gunman, a fellow veteran believed to have mental health issues, starts this month.

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