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Marine Murdered Defending His Wife In French Quarter

Marine Murdered Defending His Wife In French Quarter

Sgt. Ryan Lekosky

The Houston Chronicle via YellowBrix

November 02, 2010

NEW ORLEANS – A Marine from Texas survived combat in Iraq only to be murdered in the French Quarter — stabbed to death even as he wore his dress-blue uniform complete with battle commendations pinned to his chest.

Sgt. Ryan Lekosky and his wife were wrapping up an evening celebrating the service’s 235th birthday at a formal ball at the New Orleans Marriott on Canal Street.

“To know you survived some of the deadliest areas of the world … to come home and be killed stateside,” said Capt. Kate Vanden Bossche, a Louisiana spokeswoman for the Marine Corps.

Authorities said Monday they were hunting for a suspect and searching for recordings from surveillance cameras that may have captured the confrontation.

New Orleans police said a preliminary investigation indicates that at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, the 23-year-old Lekosky and his wife were walking along Dauphine Street in the Quarter.

A man allegedly pulled alongside the couple and began shouting inappropriate comments at Lekosky’s wife. She and the heckler launched into some sort of a physical confrontation that Lekosky tried to stop.

“(Lekosky) sustained several stab wounds while trying to break up the fight,” according to the statement released by police.

Officers would not take questions about the stabbing. It is unclear how many people were in the car or exactly what triggered the violence.

Lekosky was assigned to an air station in Louisiana but was born and raised in Corpus Christi.

He was a high school quarterback there, according to his family, and decided not to attend college, joining the service in 2005.

“He fought for our country and came back safe from that,” said his younger sister, Danika Lekosky, who wondered aloud how anyone could attack a service member, especially during a time of war.

She said that he was supposed to have again deployed in November to Afghanistan, but his orders changed.

Lekosky and his wife married quietly a few months ago.

As a result, most family members, including Lekosky’s parents, will meet her for the first time only now, as a military funeral is planned for Corpus Christi, she said.

She said her brother was changed by his military service, and confided that wherever he was, even back in the United States, he felt he had to be constantly on guard to threats around him.

“It was almost like he knew that someday something tragic would happen to him,” she said.


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    Campuscop

    over 3 years ago

    136 Comments

    SOOOOOOO Sad RIP

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    klamm143

    over 3 years ago

    4190 Comments

    RIP..................you deserved far far better my friend.

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    edoering84

    over 3 years ago

    996 Comments

    Semper Fi Marine! Rest in peace and my heart felt condolences to your family and wife. Now that your road of life was so abruptly taken, watch over us as we watch over everyone. Thank you for your service and protecting everything that we believe in.

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    Mrbdguard

    over 3 years ago

    4604 Comments

    HooRah..As children we learn to walk ...As men we must learn to stand..

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    lilguido

    over 3 years ago

    40 Comments

    such a trajedy. I thank you for your service. May you always be remembered. Semper Fi and guard heavens gates with pride.

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    rmstone

    over 3 years ago

    5122 Comments

    Rest In Peace Sgt. Ryan Lekosky.

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    K9_91

    over 3 years ago

    19896 Comments

    Very sad sorry. RIP brother.

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    Robocop33

    over 3 years ago

    14614 Comments

    dfg 1001, I am STILL waiting for a public apology from you for showing such disrespect and callous remarks about this Marines wife.

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    Irishcop1961

    over 3 years ago

    50288 Comments

    Rest in Peace Sgt. Lekosky. Thank you for your service. Get this POS fast.

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    Tank117

    over 3 years ago

    416 Comments

    This is just sick....rip Sgt. We are all wearing our mourning bands for you. Semper fi brother

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    95Zcar

    over 3 years ago

    3992 Comments

    I hope they find those responsible and take them to the Marine Air Base where this young hero was stationed... There we will find justice.

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    ImpdsAngel

    over 3 years ago

    3140 Comments

    this really breaks my heart RipMarine Semper Fi..my condlences to his wife friends he will remain a hero forever

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    SgtCentral

    over 3 years ago

    156 Comments

    F..Kin SAVAGES!!! RIP my brother, thank you for your service and dedication to our country!!!

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    revCCBeasley

    over 3 years ago

    2944 Comments

    My his soul Rest in Peace. As a Vet this is sorrful to go and protect your country then lose your life in your country. May God be with the family and especially the wife.

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    rsironron

    over 3 years ago

    5220 Comments

    Rest in Peace Sgt. may God bless your family and friends and I hope they find these cowards and they get justice fast.

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