Woman Killed By Ex-Fiancé When She Tried To Return The Engagement Ring

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I really do tire of writing stories of jealous, possessive men killing their partners when they can no longer control them. But I believe they serve a purpose, in raising awareness to the issue of domestic violence, mental health issues and the fragile nature of masculinity as we now know it.

The latest incident of an untimely and unnecessary death comes out of Chicago. Six months ago, 27-year-old Julia Martin broke off her engagement with her boyfriend of the past three years, according to The Chicago Tribune. Martin and Harvey had made arrangements for her to return the engagement ring. When he showed up at her home to collect the ring, he forced the door open and stabbed her repeatedly before jumping to his death from her apartment window.

When Harvey killed himself, Martin was still living and she tried her best to save her life. She grabbed her cell phone and called police and asked them to send over an ambulance for her. She gave them them Harvey’s name and claimed he stabbed her. Afterward, she called her father.

Julia’s father, Derrick Martin told The Tribune, “Not only did she call me, she texted me while she was going through all this. 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.”

Martin didn’t see the text message that read, “Call me ASAP” until much later.

Julia Martin was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead from multiple sharp force injuries at 7:37 p.m.

Harvey was pronounced dead at 7:18 at the same hospital.

Harvey’s family has set up a Go Fund Me page to help cover the costs of his funeral.

One of his parents, wrote this in the description box.

Rodney Jr.  was our first born son. He died unexpectedly on October 7, 2016. He loved me, his mom, but was sometimes deeply troubled. You never expect someone you love to die so young. I saw my son, Rodney just last week and he hugged me so tight I almost couldn’t breathe. I didn’t break the hug. “I love you, Mom” he said. I hope I was always there for him.

We didn’t expect Rodney to die. Please help us to properly put him to rest. All donations will go towards burial expenses and memorial services. We will also be donating a potion of the donations to various charities related to mental health, domestic violence, and suicide prevention.

Help spread the word!

So far, the fundraiser has exceeded its $4,000 goal by over $2,000.

Julia, who was originally from Detroit, graduated from Michigan State and worked as a human resources supervisor at a local architecture firm. As far as her father knew, there was no reason to worry that Rodney was dangerous.

“I never would’ve though that in a million years.” Martin said of his daughter’s relationship.

Just last weekend, Martin drove from Detroit to spend time with Julia.

“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.”

The father and daughter went to a winery. “God works in mysterious ways,” Martin said. “He must’ve known it was going to be my last time to see her.”

Veronica Wells is the culture editor at MadameNoire.com. She is also the author of “Bettah Days.” You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter @VDubShrug.

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