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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.

  • Img00177_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Rest in Peace, Brother. Thank you for your service to this great country. I hope the conscience is so over whelmingly unbearable that it eats him alive. I am sure he will be apprehended soon.

  • Littlegirltongue_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    in uniform no less - wow I'm stunned. Rest in Rest Sgt - may God hold you in the hallow of his hand and watch over your wife and family.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago

    bump what has been said a man of honor killed by a man with no honor.

  • Dolphins_fantasy_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    R..I. P.

  • Eagle_and_flag_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    RIP, Sgt!!!

    Bump Robocop!!!!

  • 1979_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    RIP Sgt Lekosky. God keep his family and help our brother LEOs find the people who did this to one of our brave military heroes. Your crime should be heard before a Military Tribunal and your time served should be in a Military Prison under the guard of Marines. It would be more than fitting and possibly legal!Would it not be a Federal crime to harm our military's ability to secure our nation? Ergo, tried before the military and time served in a military prison. Damn that would be so fitting!

  • Flowers_20_234__max50


    almost 4 years ago


    RIP Sgt. Lekosky

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    almost 4 years ago



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    almost 4 years ago


  • Plmb2s3sk_max600_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    RIP Marine, I hope they catch this POS.

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    almost 4 years ago



  • Skull2_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    RIP. May the wrath of LEOs everywhere come down on the POS that perped this crime. Sgt. Lekosky is a national hero and this investigation and his remembrance should reflect that.

    P.S. - How about we honor him by spelling his name correctly under his picture.

  • V_curts_clothes_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    What a painful story to read. Marines guard the Gates of Heaven. God bless him. And may the POS who did this burn in hell.

  • Me__mr


    almost 4 years ago


    Rest in peace brother. Prayers go to the family, friends and hopes to the quick capture and sucessful prosecution of the dirtbags that did this.

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