Just days after a guilty verdict came down in the New Orleans murder trial of a man who killed a local Marine, the victim's mother is speaking out.
Lucy Lekosky's son, 23-year old Sgt. Ryan Lekosky, was fatally stabbed on Halloween night back in 2010.
For three days, Lucy Lekosky sat in the courtroom, listening to heart-wrenching, minute by minute details of the night her son was killed. It's something that is more difficult than many of us can imagine, but for her, the hardest part was coming face to face with her son's killer, a man who she says showed no emotion at all for what he did that night.
It is a day Lekosky knew would come, but one she couldn't prepare for.
A little more than two years after her son was stabbed on the streets of New Orleans, she finally laid eyes on the man who took his life.
"He looked like any other person," Lekosky said. "Like somebody I would talk to, and I look at his hands and think, 'those are the hands that took my son.'"
Melvin Clay, 39, was found guilty of second-degree murder Friday in a New Orleans courtroom. It was the verdict she had hoped for.
"When I was listening to everyone's testimony, I knew they would find him guilty," Lekosky said.
Ryan Lekosky was wearing his dress blues the night he was killed. It was Halloween. He and his wife were in New Orleans, walking to their car, when Clay approached them and went after Lekosky's wife.
"When he stepped out of his car, he knocked her down, just trying to stop the fight," Lekosky said. "Get in between them. That's when he had the knife and stabbed him."
Every detail of that night played out in a New Orleans courtroom. Relieving those final moments of her son's life stirred up a lot of emotion, of course, and it's something Lekosky says she thinks about every day.
"I wake up, this happened at 3:30, and I cant tell you how many times I wake up at that time," Lekosky said. "It's automatic, and I can't go back to sleep."
Lekosky says the grieving process will never end, but as time goes by, she says the good memories tend to overshadow the painful ones.
"I know he's watching us," Lekosky said. "He's my Marine angel."
Clay will be sentenced sometime in January or February. He faces up to 40 years in prison.
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