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After Julia Martin’s Ex Stabbed Her, She Called 911, Texted Her Dad — And Died


Julia Martin/family photo.

Julia Martin’s final text to her father read, “Call me ASAP.”

A Chicago woman, Julia Martin, was stabbed to death by her ex-fiance after returning his engagement ring, the Chicago Tribune reports. In her final moments, she reached out to her dad, Derrick Martin, for help.

Martin, 27, a graduate of Michigan State, worked as a human resource supervisor at an architecture firm. At the time of the murder, she had been separated from her killer for just over three years and had resumed dating.

According to police, on Friday, October 7, Julia’s ex drove to her house on the pretext of collecting the engagement ring. He forced the door open, stabbed her multiple times and committed suicide, leaping from her apartment building at South King Drive.

Martin was still alive. Able to reach her phone, she called police and asked for an ambulance. She identified the man who stabbed her. After hanging up with police, she called her dad.

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Mr. Martin told the Tribune that his eldest daughter both called and texted. “She was calling everybody, saying that she wanted help,” he remembers, feeling guilty about not answering his phone. “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.”

Julia Martin was rushed to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she pronounced dead on arrival. The apparent cause of death was multiple sharp force injuries.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office have yet to identify the man/boyfriend who killed her.

Julia Martin left behind a little sister, Jasmine Martin, who is 22 years old. Her mother died from heart disease complications two years ago.

Although she lived and worked in Chicago, Julia Martin’s dream was to move to New York. She loved to travel and had just received her passport for a trip to Africa to bring in the New Year.

The murder of Julia Martin is a stark reminder that women continue to be at high risk of death from intimate partner violence. They are 70 percent more likely to be victims of domestic abuse than men. According to a report by Federal Bureau of Investigation, between 2001 and 2012, 11, 766 women in America were killed by a husband, boyfriend or partner. And, since January 1 of this year, 487 women have been killed by a spouse or dating partner, according to National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

If you know anyone who has experienced intimate partner violence and whose life is in danger from the threat of domestic violence, please contact The National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or The National Abuse Dating Helpline: 1-866-331-9474. Other resources are listed here.

Read more at ChicagoTribune.com.



Antwan is an educator, cultural critic, actor, and writer for Wear Your Voice Mag (WYV), where he focuses on the dynamics of class, race, gender, politics, and pop culture. Prior to joining the team at WYV, he was an adjunct professor in the African American Studies Department at Valdosta State University in southern Georgia, where he taught African American Literature. He has traveled the U.S. and U.K. showcasing a fifty-five minute, one-person play titled Whitewash, which focuses on the state of black men in the post-civil rights era. Antwan received his B.A. in English and Literature from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and M.A. in African American Studies from University of California, Los Angeles. He is a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and NAACP theater nominee.

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