After 27 year old Julia Martin from Detroit broke off her engagement six months ago to her boyfriend of three years, she knew the right thing to do would be to return her engagement ring.
According to police, when Julia's ex fiancé, 35 year old Rodney Harvey came over to her apartment on the premise of collecting the ring last Friday night, he forced open the door when she answered the door and stabbed her repeatedly before jumping to his death from her apartment window.
Julia Martin tried to save her own life by instantly calling the Police and her Dad after Harvey jumped off the window. She grabbed her phone and called police about 7 p.m. She told them the name of the man who stabbed her and asked them to send an ambulance for her. Then she called her dad but her dad didn't check his phone until much later in the day.
Her dad Derrick Martin said Monday:
“Not only did she call me, she texted me while she was going through all this. It read: “Call me ASAP".
“She was calling everybody, saying that she wanted help. She called another friend and she was panting over the phone, trying to get her breath. He thought it was a prank and he hung up on her. He feels so bad." Derrick Martin said his daughter never gave him any rreason to worry that the man she spent so much of her life with was dangerous. He said: “There was no indication he was dangerous … I never would’ve thought that in a million years”. “She never went into that much detail about how bad it was, she was just telling me that they had broke it off and that she was planning on giving the ring back.” Derrick Martin said a week before her death, Julia called him and asked them to hang out, so he drove several miles to meet his daughter and that they went to a winery and enjoyed each other’s company, he said. “God works in mysterious ways,” Derrick Martin said. “He must’ve known it was going to be my last time to see her.”
Julia Martin was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 7:37 p.m. from multiple sharp force injuries.
Harvey was pronounced dead at 7:18 p.m. at the same hospital. His death was ruled a suicide.
Source: Chicago Tribune
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