Family of man deputies say was killed by girlfriend’s ex-husband struggling to cope with his death

HOUSTON – The family of a Missouri City man who deputies say was killed by his girlfriend’s ex-husband Monday said they urged him last week to end his relationship. Now, Martez Hurt’s family is heading to Texas from Washington, D.C. to retrieve his body.

“I can’t believe it,” said Marlene Hurt-Ikem, Hurt’s aunt. “Martez [was} my baby.”

Marlene Hurt-Ikem said her family has not slept since receiving the tragic news.

“What was he thinking, you know at that moment when he got the first bullet. How was he thinking? What was going through his head?,” Hurt-Ikem wondered as the tears fell.

Her 28-year-old nephew Martez Hurt was gunned down in his car Monday morning outside his girlfriend’s Sienna home by her ex-husband, police said. Matthew Jacobs, 32, has been charged with Hurt’s murder.

This past March, Fort Bend County deputies received three domestic violence calls concerning Jacobs and his unnamed ex-wife, officials said.

“When he told me that the guy followed him to his house he said, ‘Aunt Marlene he know where I live at.’ I said ‘Martez you need to leave the girl alone,’” the aunt recalled.

Hurt-Ikem said her nephew promised her last week that he would leave; tragically it wasn’t soon enough. The aspiring rapper posted on social media Monday morning, “You deserve all good things life has offer.”