A Detroit woman was killed when she invited her ex-boyfriend over to collect her engagement ring, according to The Chicago Tribune. 

Julia Martin ended her relationship with her boyfriend of the past three years about six months ago, her grieving father, Derrick Martin, told the publication.

During an attempt to return the ring, Julia’s ex, 35-year-old Rodney Harvey, forced open her apartment door and stabbed her repeatedly before jumping out of the window of the apartment complex, killing himself.

In her last moments, Julia grabbed a phone and called the police. During the conversation, she named her perpetrator.

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.”

Julia was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 7:37pm from multiple sharp force injuries, according to Chicago Tribune.

Her father explained “There was no indication he was dangerous … I never would’ve thought that in a million years.”

Julia’s father explained that his daughter, a Michigan State graduate and HR executive at a Chicago architecture firm, had recently started dating again when the tragic incident occurred. Martin’s wife, Julia’s mother died two years ago, and since then, he’s lost his father, mother and a brother.

Her father says he will take her body home to Detroit for burial.

PHOTO: Martin family

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