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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.

  • Pcsd_pic_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    It's sad that once again we have another brother-in-arms serve his country in hostile territories and return safely, only to lose his life in the country he loves to some scumbag! I hope they find the bastard(s) and shoot them dead in the jail nor court for them! A retired vet myself (Navy/Army), we are always constantly on guard of our surrounding for it is our nature to do so, especially when we know that unfortunately the threat is greater at home than deployed for we know who the threat is in a combat zone. My heart goes out to his wife and both families...

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    RIP Sergeant. My the police beat the life from the perpetrator.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    As a veteran (NAVY), and in law enforcement, who worked closely with marines on my ship in Somalia and Saudi Arabia. I really do not want to use the word for what I think of this crime. I do hope the criminal/ criminals are caught soon. The entire military force is a family, and will always pull together in hard times. I wish the family my deepest condolences, and to his new wife, try to be as strong as you can and think of every great day you spent together. "GOD BLESS"

  • Images_7a8ec2bec1e1bf7f38b54b52a8c9c453_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Tragic, Once again in our own country the ultimate price paid. God help us all and some backup deployed here in U.S> New Orleans one place to start!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    there is no safe place in the world, that is why being a soldier and a had a several threats around, we must always in a precautionary wherever we are

  • F2_1__max50


    almost 4 years ago


    What a blasted shame, to survive combat, and have to come home to that, Heaven is richer and the rest of us feel the loss of each of these fine young people, America seems to be truly paradise lost sometimes, rest in peace brother marine.

  • Come_and_take_them_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Another hero murdered by a coward, one less sheep dog to protect the flock. What has happened to our country? Rest in Peace brother, we will stand your watch.

  • Native_clip_art_4_049_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Semper Fi Rest In Peace

  • Dhs_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Rest In Peace, Sergeant.

  • 007_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Its unfair of this tragedy, What an ungreatful SOB! Sgt. Lekosky, ur a hero in everyone's eyes.

  • Images_max160_sq90_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Great point and post gcso251...

  • Joe_20friday_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    What a shame. Makes you wonder if a couple of battalions need to be redeployed from the Middle East to New Orleans.

  • Junior_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    people make me sick these days!!!!

  • 5


    almost 4 years ago


    SOB! I hate reading stories like this. RIP Sgt Lekosky. SEMPER FIDELIS!!!!!!!!!

  • Img_0091_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Rest in Peace sgt

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