Vigil held for Democratic strategists stabbed in Raleigh home


Nation Hahn, with his hands still bandaged from the brutal attack, joined friends and family praying for a miracle for his badly injured wife, Jamie.

With both hands wrapped and still baring his hospital bracelet, 27-year-old Nation Hahn's friends led him inside Pullen Memorial Baptist Church.

"I felt like I was going to throw up is the way I felt," said friend Anne Sayers. "It was like, how can this be possible."

Sayers was one of about 300 that included an array of statewide political titans who attended a prayer vigil for the Hahns.

Police said Jon Broyhill, who was described by some as a close friend to the couple, stabbed Nation and Jamie Hahn Monday in their North Raleigh home before turning the knife on himself.

Loved ones emerged from the vigil filled with tears and sorrow after some heard for the first time that Jamie is in grave condition.

"There wasn't a dry eye," said friend Gary Pearce. "We all lit candles and there were these lights up there flickering that sort of represent you know, hope and prayers for Jamie and that's all we can do now."

The Hahns, who are heavily involved with Pullen Baptist, are well-known in statewide and national Democratic political circles as young and talented strategists and fundraisers.

More than politics, friends say both worked to make their community better places.

"This child is clinging on to life and a lot of hearts in there were breaking and you know you get miracles sometimes and that's what we're all hoping for," said former N.C. Attorney General Rufus Edmisten.

A spokeswoman at WakeMed said Jamie Hahn was listed in critical condition, while Broyhill was in good condition. Nation Hahn was treated and released.

The family released a statement Tuesday.

"Jamie Hahn is fighting for her life and Nation, her husband, is by her side," the couple's families said in a statement." Our families and her friends are devastated. We deeply appreciate the thoughts and expressions of love we have received. Jamie is a strong and courageous young woman and a bright light to us all. Pray for her."

N.C. Democratic Party chairman Randy Voller also asked people to pray for the Hahns.

"The Hahns of the world enrich our lives - we stand by our own, we care for our own, and in this spirit we ask all North Carolinians to join us as one family as we pray for the Hahns during this time of incomprehensible tragedy," Voller said in a statement.

A wedding announcement in a South Carolina newspaper listed Broyhill as the best man at the couple's wedding in April 2009. He has been charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflecting serious injury.

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