Detroit Woman Stabbed to Death By her Ex-Fiance Before he Commits Suicide By Jumping From her Apartment; She Spent her Last Moments Calling and Texting her Dad For Help

Julia Martin (Family photo)
Julia Martin (Family photo)

Julia Martin knew the right thing to do would be to return her engagement ring.

She’d broken it off with her boyfriend of the past three-or-so years about six months ago, according to her father, Derrick Martin.

When her ex came over on the premise of collecting the ring Friday night, he forced open the door and stabbed her repeatedly before jumping to his death from her apartment in the 3000 block of South King Drive, according to police.

Martin, a 27-year-old from Detroit, tried to save her own life. She grabbed her phone and called police about 7 p.m. She asked them to send an ambulance for her. She told them the name of the man who stabbed her.

Then she called her dad.

“Not only did she call me, she texted me while she was going through all this,” Derrick Martin said Monday. “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.”

He’s not alone. Martin doesn’t check his phone often and didn’t see the text message from his eldest daughter until much later. It read: “Call me ASAP.”

Julia Martin was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 7:37 p.m. from multiple sharp force injuries. The Michigan State graduate and human resources supervisor at a local architecture firm had never given her father any reason to worry that the man she spent so much of her life with was dangerous.

She recently told him that she had started dating again, her father said.  As of Monday afternoon, the ex-boyfriend had not been formally identified by the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

“There was no indication he was dangerous … I never would’ve thought that in a million years,” Derrick Martin said.

She did call her dad awhile back and ask that they connect and meet in person to talk. Just last weekend, he drove down from Detroit to spend time with his church-going, go-getter girl.

“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,” he recalled.

The pair 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 was the adventurous and ambitious type, her father said. Once she graduated college, she took a human resources job in Houston because she was always looking for ways to challenge herself, like recently obtaining a certificate in her field that led to a raise, her dad said.

“She was strictly into her career, always striving for greatness,” he said. “She was never satisfied being stuck in one position, she always tried to get higher and higher and higher.”

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SOURCE: Chicago Tribune – Katherine Rosenberg-Douglas

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