According to the ChicagoTribune, 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.
Unfortunately, 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.
Harvey, 35, of the 2300 block of South Michigan Avenue, was pronounced dead at 7:18 p.m. at the same hospital. His death was ruled a suicide.
Martin was a Michigan State graduate and a human resources supervisor at a local architecture firm. She 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.
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.
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.
Julia Martin just received her passport for a New Year’s trip she was planning to Africa, her dad said. She traveled all over the country and hoped to one day live and work in New York City. After living far away in Houston, her family was happy she was living in Chicago, close by.
Derrick Martin also has recently buried his mother, father and brother. He’s having Julia’s body moved back to Detroit for burial. Now, Jasmin and her son, Cameron, are the only close family Derrick Martin has left.
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