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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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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    RIP, BROTHER MARINE, AT THE 235TH. MARINE CORPS BIRTHDAY REST ASSURED WHEN I'M IN UNIFORM WE WILL HOIST A BREW OR TWO IN YOUR HONOR

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    von

    almost 4 years ago

    20 Comments

    He punishment should be just as if he killed a law enforcement officer in the line of duty. This man was dressed in his military uniform. He was not coming from a costume party. Give him the ultimate sentence.

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    t1401hm

    almost 4 years ago

    1754 Comments

    btw I'm a democrat, so obviously this isn't party lines. My stance is on what's right for this country; but I digress because I'm getting steamed here under the collar about this senseless murder.

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    t1401hm

    almost 4 years ago

    1754 Comments

    My vote is to make license to carry equal in every state; INCLUDING NJ AND NY. Felons don't care if they have a permit. Good citizens should not be punished for not being allow their rights as well. This marine was trying to tone down the fight probably by words. He should of taken this pos out right away. Now we lost a good person who only died because he loved his wife.

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    t1401hm

    almost 4 years ago

    1754 Comments

    Sickening.

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    UMPDAux

    almost 4 years ago

    144 Comments

    This makes me angry. Plenty of POS in the world.

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    Rest In Peace, Sgt. Lekosky. Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets; you've served your tour in hell. May justice be swift to your killer. Semper Fi.

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    TGOOS566

    almost 4 years ago

    218 Comments

    To all my brothers and sisters still serving in the military, HOOAAH! To the family of Sgt Lekosky, I morn his loss, the loss of a brother in uniform effectes us all RIP sgt lekosky, now, to the New Orleans Police Dept, I apore you to find this cowardly SOB and deliver retribution for this unprofolked attack, BURSRKR I AM WITH YOU, PAYBACK is the only viable option here, I was not a Marine but as he was my 'brother' wore the same color I did 'SEMPER FI'

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    Spiderpig

    almost 4 years ago

    14 Comments

    Simper Fi !!!!!! Sarge !! Thank you for all your that you have done to make this a safer place ! RIP

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    BURSRKR

    almost 4 years ago

    8 Comments

    R.I.P. Sgt. Lekosky. Thank you for fighting our enemy and protecting the United States of America.Semper Fi...

    To our LEO brothers in New Orleans, in the name of Justice I think I can safely speak for the majority of my fellow LEO's....you find the ones responsible and YOU give them what THEY deserve! PAYBACK, Don't dissapoint us! Don't dissapoint our MARINES!

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    DocThomas

    almost 4 years ago

    2120 Comments

    Semper Fi my Brother, rest now for you have done your duty well! To the skell that ended your life, I say run and hide, although it will merely be an exercise in futility, cause your only going to die tired.

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    bluestar0283

    almost 4 years ago

    1574 Comments

    Please tell me where I can go to take out the OUTRAGE I feel right now?!?!!!
    Message to the men and women,..my Brothers and Sisters of the New Orleans Police..do what ever it takes to get these POS! As My Brothers and Sisters know- "Sometimes There Is Justice"...and then..."Sometimes There Is Just Us" and this is one of those times that it is "JUST US"!!! You are all that Sgt. Ryan Lekosky has to be his voice and to get him JUSTICE- He may not have been a Police Officer but I think you will agree...he was our Brother- now get out there and get that trash that took his life, do what ever it takes but bring him back Justice for him and his Family.
    Sgt. Ryan Lekosky - Rest In Heavenly Peace My Brother-and Thank You for your years of service to this Great Nation. Semper Fi Marine.

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    djs2v

    almost 4 years ago

    5628 Comments

    Semper Fi, Sgt. Thank you for your service! RIP!

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    Desertfox1A

    almost 4 years ago

    562 Comments

    Semper Fi, Sarge!! Thank you for your service to this nation and for your sacrifices in combat. May you Rest in Peace.

    Shelly, HM2(FMF)/USN, VNeVet, VFW?DAV Life Member

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    AKangel

    almost 4 years ago

    4972 Comments

    This Marine did not deserve to die like this, Godspeed Sir, Thank you for your Service
    Semper FI!
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