Hundreds attend wake for Raleigh stabbing victim
Posted April 26, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — Hundreds of people attended a Friday night wake for Jamie Kirk Hahn, a "rising star" and political strategist who died after being stabbed at her Raleigh home on Monday.
Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh. A memorial service will be held at the church at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Family members say a separate visitation and funeral will be held in her hometown of Orangeburg, S.C., on Sunday and Monday.
Hahn, 29, died at WakeMed Hospital on Wednesday morning, two days after she was stabbed in her north Raleigh home.
Raleigh police say Jonathan Wayne Broyhill, a longtime friend of Hahn and her husband, Nation Hahn, stabbed the couple at their 1705 Tealwood Place home. Nation Hahn, 27, was treated at WakeMed and released.
Broyhill, 31, was recovering at WakeMed from injuries that police say were self-inflicted. He is charged with murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.
Police haven't said what might have led to the stabbings.
"We're in shock because he was one of her best friends," Jamie Hahn's stepfather, Marion Funderburk, said of Broyhill. "Jon is just not that kind of person."
Both the Hahns and Broyhill attend Pullen Memorial church, and Broyhill was the best man at the couple's wedding in 2009.
Mack Paul, a former Wake County Democratic Party chairman, said he worked closely with Jamie and Nation Hahn and Broyhill and said the three were so inseparable that they were like family.
"He's certainly not someone you'd suspect to act in this way," Paul said of Broyhill. "That's reflected in the close relationship they've held over the years."
Funderburk said his stepdaughter wanted to make a difference in people's lives and had a great work ethic and following.
"You loved Jamie the first time you met her," he said Thursday.
The Hahns are well-known in Raleigh political circles, having worked on high-profile Democratic campaigns, including last year's opposition to an amendment to the North Carolina constitution that bans same-sex marriage.
"You really could not have found a better person to be on your finance staff," friend Lee Sartain said of Jamie Hahn. "She was top-notch, dug into things. She was in demand."
U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan hired Jamie Hahn to work on her campaign in 2008 and called her death "an unbelievable tragedy."
"The fact that we've lost somebody like Jamie with an incredible amount of intellect, talent, energy, I think it's a sad, sad day for our community," Hagan said.
According to her obituary, Jamie Hahn was a "rising star" in politics and "an idealist who lived her beliefs."
"She dedicated her life and her labor to the goal of human dignity for all – rich and poor, black and white, young and old, gay and straight," the obituary said. "She saw public service as the way to achieve that goal."