Jakare Fecunda is a young woman on a journey.
Judging by her smile today you couldn’t imagine the pain she’s endured along the way.
It’s 2014 she was a sophomore at Grambling State University her high school sweetheart, Adam Laray Martin, tried to take her life.
Someone she thought she knew.
“We had been together for about five and a half years,” Jakare said.
After a lot of careful thought Jakare decided that she and her boyfriend were beginning to grow a part.
She wanted to break-up.
“I saw myself going in one direction trying to create a bright future for myself and I really didn’t see him following in that same path,” she said.
Jakare invited him to her family’s home in Shreveport to break the news.
She says he didn’t take it any harder than she expected.
“He invited me out and said hey let’s go for a walk and that was normal,” she said.
Martin wanted to have one last conversation.
“He just wanted to talk about the relationship he’s like you know just give me a chance let me explain some things,” she said.
They took a walk they had taken many times before; a lap around the neighborhood.
She says he spent the beginning of the walk trying to convince her that they could work things out, but when she wouldn’t change her mind he became frustrated.
“He said how are you going to do this to me you can’t leave me?” she said.
She says later in the walk he made an unusual request.
“I remember he asked me to turn off and go in this direction towards that street and it was really odd because there aren’t any street lights.”
Then she noticed a change in his behavior.
“I started to notice a little bit of nervousness too,” she said. “I couldn’t really put my finger on it it was just my intuition.”
What happened next was something she’ll never forget.
“I said what’s wrong with you? He said nothing I love you and that’s when he pulled out the knife out and stabbed me,” she said.
She tried to run but she couldn’t get away and he stabbed her
over and over.
“I couldn’t feel every single wound because it was happening, but I remember those first two to my stomach. It took out my kidney and ripped through my liver.”
The only thing she remembers more than the pain was the shock.
“Don’t do this why are you doing this why me?” she responded.
“No matter what I said on this walk he already had the idea he had made it up in his mind that this is what he was going to do.”
She say his final act let her know he wanted her dead.
“He was on the ground with me and that’s when he stabbed me in my head,” she said.
Still alive, she had only one chance to stay that way.
“It already clicked in my mind that I needed to play dead.”
“At this point my face was kinda turned so I was able to look and see if he was still there without him noticing.”
Once he fled the scene, she gathered the strength to get up.
“I felt really weak and I remember just putting one foot in front of the other.”
She tried knocking on neighbors doors, but no one answered her cries.
Just when she started to lose hope someone from across the street did hear.
That someone was Lakiesa Curry.
“I was actually sitting on my patio and I heard a loud noise scream for help,” Lakiesa said.
Lakiesa didn’t know how serious Jakare’s injuries were until she saw them with her own eyes.
She had to stay composed, but on the inside she remembers going through a lot of emotion.
“I was angry because I’m thinking this is somebody’s child,” she said.
Even though Jakare was barely able to speak, she was able to speak a couple words to Lakiesa and she repeated her message.
“Adam Martin” the name of her ex-boyfriend and attacker just in case she didn’t make it.
“I remember saying plenty of times I’m about to die because I really felt and I felt myself getting really short on air,” she said.
“At that point my heart started to race,” LaKiesa said.
“I noticed her breathing pattern started to change and she kept saying I’m going to die and I kept saying no you’re not, you’re going to make it.”
Jakare remembers slipping in and out of consciousness and as she layed here barely hanging on to life and surrounded by her neighbors, she heard a familiar voice that put her back in a state of fear.
Adam Martin’s voice.
“I heard someone say man who are you? He says his name and it immediately i was just like so frantic it woke me up,” Jakare said.
“Body language wise he was just cold because if somebody you love is hurt or harmed there’s no way you’re not going to come and see about them,” Lakiesa said.
When police arrived Lakiesa knew exactly who he was and quickly told them.
Martin was convicted and sentenced to 80 years in 2015 for nearly killing Jakare.
She spent a month in the hospital, underwent five surgeries and lost her kidney and part of her liver
More importantly, during her recovery she lost her peace of mind.
“I didn’t even know what a panic attack was and it was washing dishes and I saw a knife and it was real life in someone’s hand and the next thing I knew I was waking up,” Jakare said.
However, thanks to the worst night of her life she has another person in her corner fighting with her.
Her relationship with Lakiesa has grown into an unbreakable bond.
“If you didn’t know that story you would think we been friends forever and a day,” Lakiesa said.
“You know what I am for everybody else she’s been that to me. It’s been wonderful to have a sister, a guardian angel, my earth angel,” Jakare said.
“I gave her my word I’m going to protect you and do it to the best of my ability,” Lakiesa said.
“She didn’t break her promise on that night and she hasn’t since then,” Jakare said.
That dark night that gave her physical and mental scars, but as a survivor she’s also been given a gift.
A platform to help other victims trying to break free from domestic violence and help see the signs before it’s too late because she’s been where they’ve been.
“There are things happening everyday on college campuses in our communities and I’m hoping to be a part of the change that can hopefully save lives,” Jakare said.
She’s in a new relationship.
“Thank God that I found love after that,” she said.
“Somebody from my childhood and who was there for me every step of the way through the hospital stay those surgeries.
After some time off from school, she’s set to graduate in fall 2019 and claim her degree In psychology.
Her “earth angel” says she will be in the audience.
“She’s getting ready to graduate and I’m going to be there with bells on t-shirt, a hat or whatever she wants,” Lakiesa said.
With her new support system and her new mission, Jakare finds a way to climb out of the darkness every single day.
“I see a bunch of light,” she said.
Now more than ever she plans to let that light shine.
In October 2019 Jakare received the Charles Rex Scott Civilian of the Year Community Award in Shreveport.
Her next plan is to launch her non-profit, “The Jakare Fecunda Fight For Your Life” foundation to continue standing on the front lines in the fight against domestic violence.