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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.

  • Morning_coffee_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    why fight the terrorists overseas when we have our own terrorists at home? this is so angering. RIP Marine

  • Vt_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    I'm with Adrie....

  • 74596_129289523905506_927477597_n_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    II will be honest, I am very curious to know what the man said to her and who started the physical altercation. Weren't there any other witnesses around? I can't further comment on this article since I don't know the details but something about this whole story isn't right.

    Either way, it's a very sad situation for the wife and the family. RIP Marine.

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    almost 4 years ago


    Oh God...!!!!! I just realize he was probably in the IV MAW...!!!!

    God bless your sould brother...!!! Semper Fi...!!!
    Now, I just said AGAIN; Drop the scum bags at Quantico or Camp Le Jeune PLEASE! Just drop'em there when you get these SOB's.!!!

  • Police_link_badge_max50


    almost 4 years ago



  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago

    Rest in Peace my brother. Semper Fi !!

  • 19227-clipart-illustration-of-a-black-and-white-coloring-page-of-a-magical-flying-phoenix-bird_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    That is so sad!!! I hate when stories like this show up!!! To be through hell, then come home and be killed...what is the point of this? Is this how fate works?So sorry for the young!!!!! RIP Brother, and thank you for your service, sorry it had to end like that!!!! God Bless!!

  • 309


    almost 4 years ago


    Apparently there's not an ounce of decency left in this world. What a shame. RIP

  • Ba_old_glory_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    I agree cariboulou101. Very disrespectful!!!!!

  • Nys_omh_police_max160_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Semper Fi Marine! R I P SGT!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago

    I hope the find the little bastard that did this ... RIP Brother. Semper Fi! ... .. And dfg 1001 what a very disrespectful thing to say

  • Bearcat_smoke-rgb_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Semper Fi Marine! RIP Sgt. Lekosky. I hope they catch whoever did this.

  • Ba_old_glory_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Rest In Peace Sergeant Lekosky. I hope the Marines find em first.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    RIP Brother.

  • Chiefs_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Hope they catch the bastard(s) who did this...truely tragic RIP....

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