METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - The victim of Friday's brutal stabbing and beating spoke out Sunday for the first time since the bizarre attack.
Deputies said it was just before 3 a.m. at the Shell station on the corner of West Esplanade and Clearview, when David Reeves, 31, attacked the cashier with a hammer and knives.
"Next thing you know, he's diving over the counter, stabbing her, hitting her in the head with a hammer, a bottle. The detective said she's lucky because if she would've never fought him back there, physically, she would've died. He was trying to kill her, there's no question," said the victim's husband, who FOX 8 won't identify because of safety concerns.
The woman was stabbed at least 22 times as she fought back against her attacker.
"I wasn't ready to die and if I had anything to say about it I didn't want to die," the victim said. "There were a few moments there where I thought I wasn't going to be able to, that I wasn't going to make it through."
She was left with broken bones, 42 staples, and at least sixty stitches in her head.
"She was hit in the head with a hammer, fractured her skull, she's got lacerations all of her face, her arm, and a fractured finger. She's in bad shape," her husband said.
"[It was] scary, but I just, I don't know. I guess the options, I could either I could give up and die or fight and maybe live," she said.
The woman said it was the thought of her family and what they would do without her that kept her alive.
"I know they were scared and I feel really bad for them. Because what happened to me scared them so bad," she said.
She said she was working at least 70-hours a week between two jobs at the gas station and East Jefferson High School, but now she's just taking stock of what she has left and while she might be out of work, she's just grateful she can still tell her story.
"I just want people to know that when you're faced with a situation where you can either fight or die, fight. You can't give up because people out there care about you and my family cared about me and I know that if something would've happened to me that they would've been really hurt if I just gave up," she said.
Deputies arrested Reeves Friday afternoon after a raid on his Metairie home. He's charged with attempted second-degree murder and was booked on a domestic abuse warrant.