Family, friends say goodbye to Raleigh stabbing victim
RALEIGH, N.C. — Family and friends, including some prominent politicians, gathered in Raleigh for Democratic strategist Jamie Hahn’s funeral Saturday.
WTVD reported that Hahn was murdered Monday at the hands of a family friend, Jon Broyhill, a best man at her wedding.
Authorities said new evidence indicates money could have been a potential motive in the stabbing. Former Rep. Brad Miller said Broyhill wrote checks to himself from a campaign account which has now been frozen.
A visitation was held Friday night and an overflow crowd gathered at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church for Hahn’s memorial service Saturday.
Outside the church, political leaders spoke highly of the woman considered a rising star in North Carolina’s Democratic Party.
Former congressman Bob Etheridge said there must have been 600 people in attendance.
“She had a smile every day,” Etheridge said. “You never knew if she was having a bad day, but if you were having a bad day, she’d bump you up.”
Jamie’s husband, Nation Hahn, spoke of their love in a shaky voice during the service. Nation Hahn 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 Hahn said, according to WTVD.
Jamie Hahn felt at home almost anywhere but her heart was at the North Carolina Democratic Headquarters, according to her friends. A wreath currently hangs on the door in her honor.
“Jamie and I had been working on this event together for the past month and a half,” Nina Szlosberg-Landis told WTVD.
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 said while there was so much more that Jamie Hahn would have accomplished, she did much more than most in her short life.
“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,” said Congressman David Price.
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 Hahn. Hardison and his friends said they hope to sell 1,000 t-shirts and hand Nation Hahn a check for $14,000.