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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.

  • Marine_max50


    over 3 years ago


    This story really makes me mad. I hope those punks get caught. RIP Marine, Semper Fi

  • C1__67__max50


    over 3 years ago


    This is so sad... What a society we live in for a Marine to come home and die the way he did it's just not right . I just feel so bad for his wife and family.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    R.I.P. Brother! Semper FidelisCustodis Mortalis

  • Policememorial---a_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest in peace Sgt. Lekosky, may God welcome you home with open arms and may He comfort the loved ones you leave behind. Thank you for your service brother, Semper Fi!

    I hope they find the scumbag responsible for this and sentence him to death.

  • Dallaspolice_max50


    over 3 years ago


    That place has always been a S-hole. RIP Sarge!

  • G19a_max50


    over 3 years ago


    It's hard not to judge because I believe the "Big Man Upstairs" has kindly taken that responsibility. But it's bad enough that cold-blooded cowards will attack law enforcement officers just for bein' law enforcement officers. BUT to attack an actively serving military hero standing up for the woman he loves...IT MAKES ME SICK!!! My prayers go out to the family and I pray to the Good Lord up above that justice will be rightfully served!!!!

  • 246_max50


    over 3 years ago


    That is terrible to put any blame on the wife without knowing any of the facts, blame goes only on the POS that killed this Marine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 100_1316_max50


    over 3 years ago


    rest in peace, semper fi Marine

  • 246_max50


    over 3 years ago


    RIP Sgt Lekosky, all your brother Marines and all law abiding citizens mourn your death. Sempe Fi young man.

  • Ribbon_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Thats sick, RIP brother.....................

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    God bless to Sgt. Lekosky, his family, and friends. This is a very unfortunate occurrence and I pray that the cowards who pulled this off get what's coming to them. God has his eye on them, we need not worry. They will be spending their off-days for an eternity in hell. This isn't right whatsoever, however, this is what satan specializes in so we need to be vigilant in fighting him off. REST IN PEACE SGT. Lekosky.

  • 20091128130150_1__max50


    over 3 years ago


    This is so sad... What a society. I just feel so bad for his wife and family.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    The cops better find these scumbags before people like me do.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    god bless very sad

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    And when he gets to Heaven,
    St. Peter he will tell,
    One more Marine reporting, sir,
    I've spent my time in Hell.

    RIP Sgt. Lekosky

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