It was about 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 when 18-year-old Elodie Francis left her grandmother’s house at Chase Gardens, Castries. Her mission: to watch the latest Twilight sequel at the cinema in Choc.
She had one thing to do before going to the movies: give a thumb drive to her ex-boyfriend’s brother in front the Singer store in Castries. And This she did. Her ex was also there, but they made no contact and did not exchange any words.
However, at bus stop, her ex-boyfriend and his brother boarded the same Gros Islet bus she went in.
It was about 6 p.m. when the vehicle reached the bus stop at Sky Bridge, commonly known as the cross-over.
The brother stayed to pay the bus fare.
But things turned into a nightmare moments later as Francis walked up the bridge’s steps with her ex-boyfriend following close behind: as she reached the top of the steps, he held her from behind, covered her mouth and slashed her throat with a knife.
“It happened so fast,” Francis told SNO. “My hand just automatically hold my throat and I screamed his brother’s name.”
By that time, Francis said her ex-boyfiend’s brother had already responded. She noticed the two brothers struggling as she ran down the steps onto the sidewalk, blood pouring from her wound.
Two vehicles stopped to her aid. A man from one of the vehicles brought a towel and it was wrapped around her neck. Francis recalled that an off-duty police officer was also on the scene, directing persons to question her so she won’t fall into unconsciousness.
While she waited for the ambulance, Francis said she was talking normally and was even answering calls to her cell phone.
The ambulance came within minutes and transported her to Victoria Hospital. She was conscious throughout. She recalled everything.
Francis’ wounds were serious but not life-threatening. Her throat was slashed from ear to ear. She also found out that her ex-boyfriend had also cut his own throat.
Both were treated at the same hospital in the same casualty area. Both were discharged the same day.
Police said charges of attempted murder and attempted suicide are expected to be laid against the ex-boyfriend, whose name cannot be released until he is formally charged.
But why did he do that?
Francis is baffled.
“I can’t even give a serious reason,” she said.
However, there were obvious signs her ex-boyfriend was troubled. She said they broke up “months ago” but tried to fix the relationship several times – but it didn’t work.
“He wanted to get back with me,” she said.
The teen alleged that sometimes her ex spoke about committing suicide if they can’t get back together. She also claimed that he told her he has a heart problem and his death is imminent.
According to Francis, her ex-boyfriend relayed strange news to her two days before the slashing.
“On Thursday he text me and told me he has something to tell me. I add him on MSN messenger, and he told me he has AIDS and I was the one who gave it to him because I am the only one he has slept with,” Francis explained.
This news not only shocked Francis but left her worried. Examinations begins at Sir Arthur Lewis Community College in a few days and this news only made her lost focus.
In response to the news, Francis said she requested evidence. He promised to bring the HIV/AIDS result slip to school the following day, Friday, Nov. 30.
But the next day, all he presented was a thumb drive, telling her to view its contents. This infuriated her because she lost study time thinking about the news, having nightmares. She later found out that the contents on the thumb drive contained material about the good times they had.
Friends at the school came to Francis’ rescue and told the ex to leave her alone.
That was the last time Francis said she had communication and/or contact with her ex until the evening of Saturday, Dec. 1 when he slashed her throat without no provocation, no argument, no fight.
When asked if her ex seemed like someone who would harm anyone, she said: “I don’t even know what to say. I know he had anger issues… I just figured I could help him.”
SNO also asked Francis if her ex ever harmed her before, and she recalled that he hit her in the back once with a cell phone charger over differences.
“Sometimes he pulled my skin,” she added.
Simon and Alice Francis are very disturbed by what happened to their daughter.
“You really don’t want to know. I don’t think there’s blood flowing in my veins right now,” said Simon who flew in from the Grenadines this afternoon.
Alice Francis said she met her daughter’s ex earlier this year.
“My daughter brought him for me to meet. The boy was sitting right there,” she pointed to a stool by the kitchen area.
Alice said she is aware that the couple had problems.
“He is very insultive, very disrespectful. I got a conversation from the two of them and she forgot to delete it, and I got it. After I read it, I text him and told him to stay away, to leave Elodie alone. I told Elodie to stop seeing him because he is too disrespectful, too bullying. He even told her how to comb her hair,” the mother said.
Her mother is calling on the public to stop spreading rumours about her daughter – rumours that her ex tried to kill her because she was having an affair with another man.