If you go around asking people what the happiest days in their lives have been, plenty of them will tell you that the day they got married is right there at the top. It’s the day where you officially promise to spend the rest of your life with the person you love.
But in the time between the initial engagement and the wedding day, sometimes people change their minds. It can be crushing to find out that the person you love no longer wants to be with you and can lead to some extreme behavior. When one man had his heart broken, he would do something that no one saw coming…
Julia was the kind of daughter any parent would be proud to call their own. The best way to describe her would probably be as a “go getter.” The church-going Detroit girl studied hard in high school, gotten into Michigan State and, once she graduated, she put her nose to the grindstone, working to make a better life for herself.
Climbing The Ladder
“She was strictly into her career, always striving for greatness,” said her father, Derrick. “She was never satisfied being stuck in one position, she always tried to get higher and higher and higher.” She’d moved away from her parents in Detroit all the way to Houston for a career opportunity…
After a few years of working a human resources job in Houston, Julia took a job as a human relations director for a Chicago architecture firm. The move was great because it put her back in driving distance of her family. Chicago was also the place where she found her fiancé.
Now 28 years old, Julia had been dating a personal trainer named Rodney for nearly 4 years and recently, they’d gotten engaged. He was sort of a lovable oddball according to those around him. “He had his way of doing this,” his brother Nick said. “A lot of people were drawn to him because I think you respect people who aren’t overly conscious over what other people think. It’s one of those enviable qualities.”…
But underneath his carefree exterior, there was a sadness to Rodney. He had “lifelong issues with diagnosed mental health problems,” Nick said. His family supported him as best they could, helping him get extensive treatment and encouraging him to make choices that would help manage his emotions.
That’s actually how he got involved with physical therapy. When Rodney and Nick’s sister died 10 years prior from heart problems, Rodney decided that he would protect himself from a similar fate through exercise and that he would help others get healthy so their families would be spared the pain his felt. Many of his clients felt that he was inspirational…
Can We Talk?
Then one day, Julia gave her dad a call and asked that they meet up for a face to face visit. That weekend, Derrick got in his car and drove out to see her. They went out to a winery where Julia told her father the heavy news: she had broken off her engagement with Rodney. “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,” he said.
He was sorry to hear things weren’t working out between them but, obviously, he wanted what was best for his daughter. They enjoyed each other’s company and Derrick went home glad to spend such a nice time with Julia despite the circumstances. He had no idea how important the memory of that day would become…
Returning The Ring
On the Friday evening after their visit Rodney was supposed to come to Julia’s apartment to get back the engagement ring. Julia wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. There would probably be tears and maybe even some regretful things said.
But when she answered the door around 7 pm, she never expected that she would see Rodney Harvey standing there with a knife. He immediately attacked Julia with rage and frustration in his eyes, stabbing her several times. After she’d fallen to the floor, shocked and bleeding, he went to the window of her apartment and jumped…
Calling For Help
Julia knew that Rodney had been hurt emotionally but couldn’t believe he would do something like this. She reached for her cell phone, dialed 911 and asked for an ambulance. Then Julia called her father. Unfortunately, Derrick missed the call.
“Not only did she call me, she texted me while she was going through all this,” Derrick said. “He 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.”…
Julia was unable to get in contact with any of her friends and family before she lost consciousness as a result of her injuries. When paramedics arrived, they rushed both her and her former fiancé to the nearby Northwestern hospital.
Seen Too Late
Though the paramedics and doctors did their best to stabilize her condition, Julia Martin passed away from her wounds. Just minutes earlier, her disturbed attacker had also died in the same hospital. It wouldn’t be until hours later when Derrick checked his phone and read his daughter’s message “call me ASAP” that he knew anything was wrong…
When he eventually found out what happened to his baby girl, Derrick was devastated. It was incredible to him that Rodney was capable of such a heinous act. “There was no indication that he was dangerous,” he said. “I never would’ve thought that in a million years.”
“How her dad said he wouldn’t have seen this coming? It’s true,” said Rodney’s brother Nick. “There wasn’t any indication that there was any domestic abuse. I’m not naive, I know a lot of times you don’t see it if it’s behind closed doors,” he added. “But I know my brother, he’s just not a violent person. I truly believe that was an isolated incident.”…
In the aftermath of Ronald’s attack and suicide, his family received a lot of hateful messages and criticism on social media, stemming from the fact that they began a GoFundMe campaign to help pay for funeral expenses. In their defense, Nick said that his family genuinely couldn’t afford to pay for the funeral.
Not For The Public
What’s more, they never intended for the GoFundMe to be seen by the public. It was only supposed to be for friends of the family and the network of people who’d been positively impacted by his troubled brother’s work. The campaign was also meant to help raise money for charities that help with domestic violence, mental health problems, and suicide prevention, organizations Rodney’s father had worked with for years…
“I don’t want it to seem like we’re searching for any sort of sympathy or anything like that at all,” Nick said. We understand people are hurt behind this, as they should be because you’re talking about a tragedy.” He believed that his brother’s mental health issues were the cause of this awful incident. “If there’s anything to be learned from this, it’s to check in on the people you love.”
“God works in mysterious ways,” Derrick said. Speaking of that last wonderful day they spent together, he said: “He must’ve known it was going to be my last time to see her.” But her death was the latest in a string of family deaths, including his mother, father, and brother. “It’s like he keeps taking people that are close to me and I don’t know why. You can’t question God, you just figure there’s a plan. And you pray.”
Former Fiancé Snaps After Returning To Reclaim Engagement Ring From Ex is an article from: LifeDaily