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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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    soccer

    over 3 years ago

    16 Comments

    May god be with the Lekosky family and the wife. We always have to be on guard about everything and anything that happens in our world today. God Bless.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    May GOD be with you Soldier.

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    SereDoc

    over 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    Semper Fi Bro.

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    DALLASCRANE

    over 3 years ago

    19382 Comments

    Prayers to Sgt. Ryan Lekosky and his wife, Kristen. RIPB Semper Fi....Texas and America has lost one of it's finest.............

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    bobatkinson

    over 3 years ago

    8262 Comments

    RIP my brother 1st group SF salute you.

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    hmacy

    over 3 years ago

    34 Comments

    Semper FI May you Rest In Peace Brother. As a Marine and Veteran I would like quality time with this butt head.

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    KansasGirl

    over 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    Go with God young soldier.

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    rlaw865

    over 3 years ago

    30 Comments

    Rest in Peace Marine your job is done.

    I hate to put this in here I do remember an incident awhile back that was similar to this, wife set her husband to be killed to get the money. I hope this wasnt it.

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    USAFE7

    over 3 years ago

    2516 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brother in Arms. Find this butt head and let the Sgt's fellow Marines have some "quality" time...

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    OlSkoolBlu89

    over 3 years ago

    2484 Comments

    RIP brother thank you for your service, thank you for your sacrifice

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    rafaelmorales

    over 3 years ago

    2994 Comments

    R.I.P MY FELLOW VETERAN....

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    philfroggy

    over 3 years ago

    1564 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brother

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    katana03

    over 3 years ago

    438 Comments

    R.I.P. Sgt. thanks for your service to our country

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    sheepdog81

    over 3 years ago

    4 Comments

    Semper Fi

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    fraustr1

    over 3 years ago

    532 Comments

    R.I.P Marine

    "This Sh!!it pisses me off!!!!! F!!! cowards, I hope they catch the POS who did this!!!
    You will burn in hell you POS!!!!

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