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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.

  • Danielle_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    The whole damn place needs to go to hell. The quarter is out of control. R.I.P. I hope they find those pieces of shit, or no one ever finding them again would be even better.

  • In_remembrance_of_oakland_pd_max50_max50_max50_max50_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Rest In Peace Marine Sgt Ryan Lekosky, thank you for your service to this nation. Prayers of comfort are extended to your family, friends and fellow Marines. It is a damn shame that a fine honorable youg man was taken down by some lowlife trash. The coward will be found and brought to justice, I can only hope that it is some old fashion justice out in the bayou that involves a very large, mean and nastry alligator, on limb at a time.

  • Car6_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    R.I.P., prayers to family and friends

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    I agree with SWATSARGE, let's form a posse!

  • Iconator_4ddf8ea9599ba8d6fe31e745b2ace8af_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    That is so sad to hear. R.I.P.

  • American_first_responder2_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    This story breaks my heart into to learn of a brother Marine dying on U. S. soil after surviving IRAQ; God help his attackers to be located and apprehended for justice to be served. My most sincere condolences to his wife and family as well as the United States Marine Corp.; OORAH SEMPER FI!!!

  • Sheriff_3_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Rest in peace Sgt Lekosky.. God bless your family and may they find who done this tragedy...

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    Very sad that a true hero should die because some low life POS coward didn't know how to treat a lady. Rest in Peace Sgt. Prayers to the family. As for the POS, my vote is when they catch him, maybe he should spend some time in the boonies with the Sgt's fellow Marines!!!!

  • White_shirt_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    This is so sad. R.I.P. Sir. I hope those responsible are caught. Scumbags

  • Iraqcampaignmedal-ribbon_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Louisiana has plenty of hickory stumps, swamps and alligators. All you need a ten penny nail and you have perfect justice for this scumbag.

  • Andrea_and_i_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Rest in peace sir. May your killer be found and justice served.

  • 9714220880097_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    RIP. Sad to see a fellow brother in arms fall like this. Another reason Texas gives Military free CHLs and many states reciprocity.

  • Heores_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    May you rest in peace Marine. Your service will not be forgotten.

  • Hawaii_pics_164_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    God bless you Marine and may justice be served.

  • Th_detective_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    RIP Marine

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