On July 6, Isabel Martinez, 33, was accused of stabbing her husband and four children to death at their home in Loganville, Georgia. She told caseworkers she felt a “devil-like spirit” during a family trip prior to the alleged killings.
Martinez tried pinning the murders on a male “family friend,” telling the state’s Division of Family and Children Services that she was innocent and actually tried to stop the friend before he sliced her multiple times on the wrist.
Martinez’s 9-year-old old daughter, Diana Romero, was the only one in her family to survive the gruesome stabbings. Romero told caseworkers she saw Martinez stabbing the rest of her family and that her mother said she was “going to the sky to see Jesus” before attacking her. The girl exclaimed that she didn’t want to see Jesus and reported that her father tried to stop Martinez but was unable.
Apparently, the family was asleep just prior to Martinez’s rampage. Diana Romero said she saw her mother start cutting her brothers and sister before her father entered the living room, where he too was stabbed to death.
The young girl recalled she could not fathom what was happening around her and that she was so scared she didn’t know what to do. Her mother was not emotional or screaming during the attack and even called police after cutting herself.
Martinez has been charged with five counts of malice murder, five counts of murder and six counts of aggravated assault. Officials have identified the couple’s four children as 2-year-old Axel, 4-year-old Dillan, 7-year-old Dacota and 10-year-old Isabela Martinez.
Earlier this month, Martinez told a judge she didn’t want an attorney because “God loves us all,” and followed this by giving a double thumbs-up sign to reporters in the courtroom.
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