Joy Martin was working in a school cafeteria in Ohio on Friday when she caught herself singing her son’s favorite song, “Pennies from Heaven.”
“It was about the time it was all going down,” said Martin.
An hour later she got a phone call from family in Colorado telling her, her son Gregory, had been stabbed.
Gregory Martin, 47, was a maintenance worker at the Park Ridge Apartments in Colorado Springs.
Police said he interrupted a burglary in process on Friday morning. The accused burglar, Isaiah Jackson, allegedly stabbed Gregory.
Martin had to break the news to Gregory’s 13-year-old daughter, who also lives in Ohio.
“She will never be able to say, ‘Father, I found the man I want to spend the rest of my life with.’ He will not be able to walk her down the aisle. He will never see her put on her cap and gown or see her hit another softball,” said Martin.
Gregory also leaves behind a son who will be turning 21 at the end of February.
“They were so close, they could read each other. He is devastated,” said Martin.
Gregory worked with his older brother at the apartment complex. He was with Gregory when he died, said Martin.
“He said, ‘Mom, I lost my best friend and I’m his brother. I was supposed to protect him and I couldn’t,’” said Martin.
Martin said Gregory has only worked at the apartment for four months, but the tenants thought he was a terrific guy.
“He would go the last mile to make sure residents had what they needed,” said Martin.
A viewing for Gregory will be 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Springs Funeral Home.
A funeral for Gregory will take place in his hometown of Ohio.