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Ex-Boyfriend Stabs Woman to Death Then Commits Suicide | Family Reveals He Had Mental Health Problems



Rodney Harvey and Julia Martin

Rodney Harvey and Julia Martin

A 28-year-old Human Resource Supervisor at an Architecture Firm, Julia Martin, was stabbed to death by her ex-boyfriend of over 3 years, Rodney Harvey, 35 after they broke up 6 months ago.

Harvey had visited Julia at her apartment in the 3000 block of South King Drive, on the premise of collecting the engagement ring he gave to her Friday night. Police said he forced open the door and stabbed her repeatedly before jumping to his death from her apartment.

According to the police report, she grabbed her phone and called police immediately after the attack at about 7PM, asking them to send an ambulance for her. She also told them the name of the man who stabbed her.

She also called and texted her dad.

“Not only did she call me, she texted me while she was going through all. 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,” her dad, Derrick Martin said Monday.

Her message to her dad which he saw much later, read “Call me ASAP.”

Julia was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital where she was taken to at about 7:37PM.

She had met with her dad few days before her death, telling him that she was going to return the ring.

“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. There was no indication he was dangerous… I never would’ve thought that in a million years,” Derrick Martin said.

Harvey, a personal trainer, who lived at 2300 block of South Michigan Avenue, was pronounced dead at 7:18PM at the same hospital.

Harvey’s family is raising awareness for Mental Illnesses following the attack as his brother, Nick revealed that he has been diagnosed with mental health problems, including depression.

“My brother has had lifelong issues with diagnosed mental health problems. My mother has devoted so much of her life to trying to make sure he was happy. If you have kids … you know, you fight tooth and nail for your children. We feel awful about what happened.

He had his way of doing things. 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. You wish you could be that carefree,” Nick said.

Nick said Harvey has a 13-year-old daughter and his sister’s death 10 years ago (due to heart problems), inspired a love of fitness in him.

Credit: Chicago Tribune


  1. wali

    October 12, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    This is the perfect example of a relationship gone sore. Nothing should make a man (of course and a woman) take someone’s life, not even his….. If he was ready to die, why not just commit suicide in his closet. Why dragging her in. We just have to be careful in the relationships we get into.

  2. shior

    October 12, 2016 at 2:02 pm


  3. bb

    October 12, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Hmn! now I learnt not to take any ASAP message for granted.
    Then this oyinbo people hsa! I don”t get it…..what is mental health issues?????

    The guy knew not to wear rags; could dress sensible; works; had normal relationships etc then he kills someone and you say he had mental health issues esp. depression!!!!!! whatz thatz!!!!

    He was a very bad person with a wicked and revengeful heart simple!!!!!!!
    He lost the girl, found it difficult to let go wanted to deal with her!!!!
    It went out of hand and he thought to just kill himself since if caught he will still be tortured to death.

    The only thing is in Naija the guy will be too scared to die he will wait and try to lie. Abi all the Kolade that killer his banker wife or the Egbada guy who killed his wife or the Ibadan lawyer woman who killer her husband also had mental issue ni?. Abeg!!! leave this mental health issues matter for Mathias o.

    Interestingly I am a lawyer and I know how to use mental health as a defence so maybe that is why i no dey buy all the mental health issues story

    • Zeeebby

      October 12, 2016 at 4:08 pm

      Mental health illness is real and shouldn’t be taken likely. That someone dresses right, speaks well or is termed “normal” by the society doesn’t mean they cannot be mentally ill. There are a lot of people carrying serious baggage around and they seem normal. No one can detect split personality disorder, schizophrenia and so on by just looking. That someone is mentally ill doesn’t make them MAD…..

    • Passer By

      October 12, 2016 at 4:22 pm

      True.. I literally witnessed how my sane best friend lost it and almost stabbed me..Here in Nigeria!..
      He is okay now though.. Managing it ..
      So many people are ill in this country..

  4. Ariere

    October 12, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    People should better treat Mental health issues as what it really is: an illness/disease. Seek help or find help for that loved one suffering from it. I’m tired of hearing it as an excuse for hedious crimes.

    The responsible thing to do is to get treated as you would other disease. So the person and another unfortunate individual won’t be a victim of a dire situation.

  5. Yummychickcummummy

    October 13, 2016 at 10:46 am

    May her soul rest in peace.. That guy thou… Pervert and crazy persons everywhere…

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