Posted: Nov 1, 2010 12:51 PM by Letitia Walker
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Marine who had survived duty in Iraq was
stabbed to death in the French Quarter while two other men were
shot - one fatally - in violence that ended the Halloween weekend.
Police say a man was killed about 6:30 a.m. Monday and another
was shot in the head hours earlier by gunshots in apparently
On Sunday, police said 23-year-old Ryan Lekosky of Metairie and
his wife were walking about 3:30 a.m. about a block from Bourbon
Street when a man drove up and began yelling comments about
Lekosky's wife. Police said she argued with the driver, and Lekosky
was stabbed when he tried to intervene.
Lekosky, a Marine sergeant who worked in aviation supply, was
born in Corpus Christi, Texas and had served in Iraq, said Capt.
Kate VandenBossche, spokeswoman for Marine Reserve Forces in New
Orleans. She said he was living in Metairie while stationed in New
Orleans, but listed his home as in Nueces County, Texas.
Family members told the Corpus Christi Caller Times that Lekosky
was in his Marine dress uniform, walking his new wife home from a
Marine Ball. She was not identified.
Lekosky's parents headed to Louisiana to meet her for the first
time and decide whether to bring his body home for burial in Corpus
His older brother, Billy Lekosky, said the family was shocked to
hear the Iraq and Afghanistan veteran was killed on American soil
after years in combat zones.
"It's seems like he was safer over there then he was in his own
country," Billy Lekosky told the newspaper.
He said that after several men began yelling obscene remarks at
his wife from a passing car, Ryan Lekosky confronted one, who
pulled out a knife and stabbed him several times.
The Quarter was packed over the weekend with Halloween revelers
and New Orleans Saints fans who poured out of the Superdome after
the team's Sunday night win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Sukhdeo Doobay, 68, was walking Monday near the site of the
fatal shooting. "It gives you an eerie feeling," he said.
Doobay said he has lived in the Quarter since the early 1990s,
and seen crime rates there rise and fall. The last few months had
been calmer, he said.
Doobay said he didn't know whether to attribute the weekend
violence to increasing crime or to the fact that Sunday had brought
out crowds for Halloween and the New Orleans Saints' night game.
Amanda Thomas, 24, works at a daquiri bar on Bourbon Street near
the site where a 20-year-old man was shot in the head. There have
been several late-night and early morning shootings during the year
she's worked there, the Connnecticut transplant said.
Chris Carter, 36, of Memphis, was among tourists breakfasting in
Bourbon Street cafes. He said he hadn't heard about the shootings.
Nor did reports of violence in the area make him nervous.
"I was born in Chicago," he said, laughing. "It doesn't