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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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Sad.

What kind of trash kills their own soldier?
I would have bought this Marine and his wife a drink or even dinner out of respect for his service. I hope they find the piece of **** that did this.
 

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It sounds like his wife might have had some baggage. Sad this soldier got pulled into it. Hope the cops find the perp soon. I'm sure when they do he'll "resist arrest" and have a couple "mishaps" before he makes it to the station. I know he would if it was me that picked him up.

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... I'm sure when they do he'll "resist arrest" and have a couple "mishaps" before he makes it to the station. I know he would if it was me that picked him up.

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We can only hope.
 

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I am surprised Junkman didn't pick up on this ...
Never call a Marine a soldier!
 

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The Death Penalty !

R.I.P
 

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Unfortunately, with our PC system of justice, the perp, if ever caught, will most likely only get a few years behind bars. My vote is for a search and destroy op using his fellow Marines. God bless you son!
 

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I'm in!

Unfortunately, with our PC system of justice, the perp, if ever caught, will most likely only get a few years behind bars. My vote is for a search and destroy op using his fellow Marines. God bless you son!
I'm in for the OP...advise the rally point
Bugs
 

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What hurts me the most was that they killed him while he was wearing his dress blues. I have some sadistic torture ideas that I could break out. This is why I am not a cop anymore. There would be no arrest when you **** with my family. :down:
 

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I was in the French Quarter that night, and it was an awesome sight seeing all the Marines walking around in Dress Blue's with their ladies in formal gowns. They stood out, even with the chaos of Halloween and all the costumes.

Fry the bastard that is responsible!
 

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I was laughing at the chipper comment,sorry.
 
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