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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.

  • Geiger_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Rest In Peace Brother.

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    almost 4 years ago


    Rest in peace my Brother. Sgt. Lekosky. Semper fidelis!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago

    RIP SGT. God speed

  • Explorer_mourning_badge_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    RIP Sgt. Lekosky. Your time in hell has been served, now reap what your sacrifices have sowed.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago

    How Sad.. another good argument for people to get a CWP..and to listen to your gut!! RIP Sgt L.

  • Vpsomourningband_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Rest in peace Sgt. Lekosky.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    That's messed up. RIP Sgt. Lekosky

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago

    DISGRACEFUL! I PRAY the rotten POS is found and given EXACTLY what he deserves! BUT first, drop his A** in the middle of thousands of MARINES...he wont make it out alive! and I say Good Riddance!.....Rest in Peace Sgt. Lekosky!

  • Image_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Rest In Peace Sergeant Ryan Lekosky.
    I hope those involved meet with some lead poisioning.

  • Juggernaut___max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Bless this man!

  • Img020_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    And shepherds we shall be for thee my lord for thee. Power hath decended forth from thy hand, our feet shall swiftly carry out thy command. And we shall flow a river forth to thee and teaming with souls shall it ever be. Amen

  • 36785_1414325570982_1617863602_999411_5394478_n_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    "It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived" - George Patton. God Bless this young mans soul.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago

    God rest the soul of this upstanding Marine and comfort his family.As far as the low life suspect /suspects are concerned ,I believe Whalewatcher has the idea of the year.

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    almost 4 years ago


    After getting caught, the killer(s) need to be taken to the center of Camp Lejeune annd turned loose among all those Marines. THAT would be justice served !!!! Rets in peace Sgt. Lekosky, your time may have been short, but it was honorable !!!!!

  • 1stsgt_nutt___gunny_toscano2_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    A horrible loss! A prayer for the family and wife of this young's hard for me not to curse the SOB who took his life! Semper Fidelis brother!

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