Woman calls and texts family, friends for help in last moments of her life

CHICAGO -- A woman spent the last few moments of her life texting and calling family and friends, desperately trying to reach someone after being stabbed by her ex-boyfriend.

WGN reports that Julia Martin's ex-boyfriend went to her apartment on Friday night to pick up an engagement ring she wanted to return. Police said he forced his way into her apartment and stabbed her several times. He then jumped to his death.

Martin, 27, called police and asked them to send an ambulance.

Then she tried to text and call her father, Derrick Martin.

In her text, she said: "Call me ASAP."  But he had gone to the store and didn't see the text until it was too late. He was hundreds of miles away, and couldn't have gotten to her anyway, he said.

“Not only did she call me, she texted me while she was going through all this,” Derrick Martin told the Chicago Tribune. “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."

Derrick Martin said his daughter's ex-boyfriend was with her for about three years before they broke up about six months ago.

They said there was no indication that he was dangerous in any way.

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