Family, friends say goodbye to stabbing victim

Jameson "Jamie" Kirk Hahn and her husband Nation Richard Hahn (Photo courtesy of family)
April 28, 2013 7:07:32 AM PDT
Family and friends, including some prominent politicians, gathered in Raleigh for Jamie Hahn's funeral Saturday.

Police say the prominent Democratic strategist was murdered Monday at the hands of a family friend and best man at her wedding, Jon Broyhill.

New evidence indicates money could have been a potential motive in the stabbing. Former Rep. Brad Miller says Broyhill wrote checks to himself from a campaign account which has now been frozen.

Meanwhile, a visitation was held Friday night and and Saturday an overflow crowd gathered at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church for Hahn's memorial service.

Outside the church, political leaders spoke highly of the woman considered a rising star in North Carolina's Democratic party.

"You could feel it in that church! Must have been 600 people in that church," former congressman Bob Etheridge said. "She had a smile everyday. You never knew if she was having a bad day, but if you were having a bad day, she'd bump you up!"

During the church service, Jamie's husband Nation spoke of their love in a shaky voice. Nation was injured in the stabbing when he came to his wife's rescue.

"Every day we were together Jamie would make me a better person because she made me remember to work at it. And we always said 'I love you' frequently," Nation said.

Jamie felt at home almost anywhere according to her friends, but her heart was at the North Carolina Democratic Headquarters. A wreath currently hangs on the door in her honor.

ABC11 spoke with one of Jamie's many friends who shared her passion for the Democratic Party.

"Jamie and I had been working on this event together for the past month and a half," said Nina Szlosberg-Landis.

Szlosberg-Landis is referring to Saturday night's Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, which is the state Democratic Party's biggest annual event. This year's event will still go on, but without Jamie.

"Like any loss, it comes over you in waves," said Szlosberg-Landis.

Szlosberg-Landis noted that while there was so much more good that Jamie Hahn would have accomplished, she did way more than most in the short time she was here on earth.

"There are many people who die at a very old age and haven't done a tenth of what Jamie did, said Szlosberg-Landis. "Jamie was so involved in everything that's positive in this community, and not just here.  People all over the country are reaching out."

Many others are still devastated as well.

"In her tragically short life, she made a huge difference in this community and this state, working with people and causes she believed in," congressman David Price said.

Some people are hoping turn the intense outpouring into t-shirt sales that will help Nation Hahn. The t-shirts are being sold on-line at raleighiscool.com.

Will Hardison runs the site and had recently met Nation. Hardison and his friends hope to sell 1,000 t-shirts and hand Nation Hahn a check for $14,000.

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