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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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    GyLewe7

    over 3 years ago

    6 Comments

    Hi,

    This is for, berettapx4, Sgt. Ryan Lekosky is a MARINE - not a soldier.

    Gy/Sgt. Lew

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    flyemtp174

    over 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    Semper Fi. God speed Sgt Lekosky. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and especially his wife. God bless and you all are in my prayers.

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    KB3MMX

    over 3 years ago

    136 Comments

    RIP SGT. LEKOSKY

    I PRAY THAT THE NEW ORLEANS SCUMBAG THAT COMMITTED THIS ACT IS FOUND AND
    PROSECUTED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW !!

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    USMC2USBP

    over 3 years ago

    32 Comments

    Semper Fi and RIP my brother.

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    bfriskey

    over 3 years ago

    980 Comments

    Godspeed my friend..Condolences to all

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    bitay1955

    over 3 years ago

    38 Comments

    May God bless your family! Semper Fi RIP

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    4sarge

    over 3 years ago

    22 Comments

    Thoughts & Prayers

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    motoman172

    over 3 years ago

    16 Comments

    Being a Marine myself this story bothers me on so many levels...
    Prayers go out to the families and especially his wife... walking down the street in a gown on what was supposed to be a magical night at the ball and then being hurled rude comments to... Thanks for proving Chivalry is not dead Marine and you gave your life defending her honor...
    Peace

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    Flash23

    over 3 years ago

    8 Comments

    Rest in peace. Semper Fi Green Brother.

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    shaun741

    over 3 years ago

    2758 Comments

    RIP, prayers for your family and friends

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    SkoolCop49

    over 3 years ago

    1560 Comments

    What is this country coming too that some savage would attack a US Marine and "in uniform" on top of that?!!!

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    jhook1976

    over 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    fair well brother in arms... thank you for your service and being true to our corps.. oh rah devil dog sleep well

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    IowaNinersFan

    over 3 years ago

    15136 Comments

    RIP Sgt. Lekosky. Hope they catch the POS soon and prosecute them to the fullest extent. Thank you for your service.

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    Student_KJR

    over 3 years ago

    122 Comments

    Whoever said home was safe? There are either mislead or misleading

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    Student_KJR

    over 3 years ago

    122 Comments

    Rest-in-Peace Sgt. Ryan Lekosky

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