Originally published: April 23, 2013, 1:02 p.m.
Updated: April 27, 2013, 1:12 p.m.
RALEIGH, N.C. — The suspect accused of stabbing Democratic fundraiser Jamie Kirk Hahn, 29, who died Wednesday, apparently wrote checks to himself from accounts belonging to former U.S. Rep. Brad Miller, according to the ex-congressman.
Jonathan Wayne Broyhill, 31, whom police plan to charge with murder, stabbed Jamie Hahn at her home on April 22. Jamie Hahn’s husband, Nation Hahn, 27, was also injured in the attack but was released from care. He was by his wife’s side when she died early Wednesday morning.
Broyhill and Jamie Hahn worked together at her consulting and fundraising firm Sky Blue. Miller’s campaign was a client. The congressman has told Raleigh news station WRAL and The News & Observer that Broyhill had written several checks to himself.
According to a WRAL investigation, Broyhill wrote as much as $20,000 in questionable checks.
Jamie Hahn, Miller said, was planning on confronting Broyhill over the financial irregularities. Marion Funderburk, Jamie Hahn’s stepfather, told WRAL that conversation did take place.
“Jamie was suspicious of him embezzling money,” Funderburk said. “She had a talk with him, and apparently he just lost it.”
Broyhill was an old friend of Nation Hahn, 27, and served as Hahn’s best man at his wedding in 2009. Both are natives of Lenoir and Broyhill often spent time at the Hahns’ home.
Broyhill was also the deputy finance director of the Coalition to Protect All N.C. Families, the official campaign opposed to North Carolina’s May 2012 anti-LGBT constitutional amendment. Hahn had consulted for the coalition.
Jamie Hahn’s husband, Nation Hahn, and her family have spent the last week mourning Jamie’s loss. Friends and colleagues across the state have also reacted.
“Jamie lost her struggle to live this morning,” her family said in a statement on Wednesday. “We lost a beautiful and loving wife, daughter and friend. We all lost a pure and brave spirit. Over the last two days we were inspired by how the community rallied around her. It is our fervent hope that an even larger community will be inspired now by the way she lived her life.”
The family continued, “She had a gift for bringing us together—black and white, young and old, gay and straight. She challenged us to work together for a better world. Her light will shine on in all of us who knew and loved her.” (Read the family’s full statement below.)
On Wednesday morning, Nation Hahn spoke publicly via his Twitter profile about his wife’s death.
“I lost my best friend last night. The sadness is overwhelming,” Hahn wrote in several status updates. “I want to thank everyone for #prayersforjamie. That type of community spirit defined @jamiehahn. I have no idea what I’m going to do without @jamiehahn. She was my center, my rock and my soulmate. I wish that @jamiehahn could see and feel all of the love, generosity and friendship offered. I have to believe that @jamiehahn now knows what she means to this community.”
A memorial service for Jamie Hahn was held on Saturday at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh.
Friends, community respond
Reaction to the the attack on the Hahns and Jamie Hahn’s subsequent death spread quickly among those who knew the couple. Former colleagues and others who knew the family expressed support publicly, on Facebook and to the family.
Jen Jones, communications director for Equality North Carolina, a leading coalition member during the amendment fight, released a statement on Wednesday afternoon.
“Words cannot express the terrible sadness the entire Equality NC family feels over the loss of our friend, Jamie Hahn,” Equality North Carolina said. “As we struggle to comprehend the incomprehensible, we continue to hold her husband, Nation Hahn, in our thoughts and prayers as well as all of the families who have been impacted by this senseless tragedy.”
Pullen Baptist’s Pastor Nancy Petty asked for prayers in a letter to her congregation Tuesday.
“I have been with Jamie and Nation and their families much of the night and morning. I am writing to ask that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers,” Petty wrote to congregants. “Jamie and Nation love Pullen Church and have given much support to Pullen’s mission and ministry in the world. Please remember them all in these most difficult days.”
Stuart Campbell, executive director of Equality North Carolina, released a short statement on his Facebook profile on Wednesday.
“I am just so saddened by this loss,” said Campbell, who came to North Carolina as the amendment campaign ramped up in the fall of 2011. “Nation and Jamie were one of the first to welcome us to North Carolina and to make us feel at home. Jeff and I will miss Jamie so much, and send our love and support to Nation.”
Groups that worked with the Hahns also responded.
College Democrats across North Carolina lost a passionate ally and advocate for change in Jamie Hahn,” said the College Democrats of North Carolina. “She has done much to deserve the outpouring of love and support we have seen in the past two days. Our hearts go out to Jamie’s family and friends in the wake of this tragedy.”
“We join the political community of North Carolina in mourning the loss of Jamie Hahn,” wrote the North Carolina League of Conservation Voters. “Our thoughts are with her husband Nation and their family.”
North Carolina’s Democratic and Republican parties also released statements.
“Today, the entire #NCDP stands together to surround our friends, @JamieHahn and @NationHahn, w/ thoughts and prayers in the aftermath of this tragedy,” Democratic Party officials said via their Twitter profile on Tuesday. “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 healing, peace and mercy for the Hans and their loved ones during this difficult time.”
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Jamie and Nation Hahn,” Republican Party officials said. “Both are highly respected democratic party leaders and strategists active in Wake County and State politics. Regardless of our differing political views, it is our civic involvement and love of our community that binds us together. Please keep the Hahn’s in your thoughts in the wake of this senseless tragedy.”
On Tuesday, the Hahn families thanked those who had offered “thoughts and expressions of love” and asked for continued prayers.
“Jamie Hahn is fighting for her life and Nation, her husband, is by her side,” the families said. “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.”
Together, the high-profile Hahns had worked on a variety of other causes and campaigns, including the North Carolina Sierra Club, United Football League, former U.S. Sen. John Edwards’ presidential campaign, former U.S. Rep. Brad Miller and former U.S. Senate candidate Ken Lewis.
Update (April 23, 2013, 3:50 p.m.): More details regarding the incident and police call from The News & Observer (src):
Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said officers received a call about a stabbing from the 6600 block of Tealbriar Drive, near North Ridge Park, shortly before 5:30 p.m. Monday. Jamie Hahn had run to that address and was laying on the ground, bleeding from apparent wounds to her stomach, while neighbors tried to help her, according to a recording of a 911 call.
“She’s here in someone else’s yard,” said an unidentified woman who made the call. “I don’t know where she ran here from.”
Jamie Hahn was “bleeding terribly,” the caller said, but was talking and responding to questions. At the request of the 911 dispatcher, the caller can be heard asking if anyone knew who stabbed Jamie Hahn, and an unidentified voice replies, “Jon Broyhill.”
Police followed a trail of blood from Tealbriar Drive to nearby Tealwood Place, where they found Broyhill in the Hahns’ home, according to a search warrant made public this afternoon.
Update (April 23, 2013, 4:12 p.m.): Letter from Pullen Memorial Baptist Pastor Nancy Petty to her congregation:
Dear Pullen Family,
By now you have probably heard the news of a stabbing that occurred in a North Raleigh neighborhood last evening. WRAL News released names and photos of the two victims on the noon news today. They also released a picture of a third person involved in the stabbing. All three people are active participants of our congregation.
Jamie and Nation Hahn have been actively involved in Pullen since early 2011. Both Nation and Jamie are known for their work with the Democratic Party of Wake County. Jamie is also a Hope Center board member and serves as a Sunday morning usher. Jon Broyhill has also been an active participant since 2011.
Jamie is in critical condition at WakeMed fighting for her life. Nation, her husband, is by her side. Jon is also at WakeMed with non-life threatening wounds.
I have been with Jamie and Nation and their families much of the night and morning. I am writing to ask that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers. Jamie and Nation love Pullen Church and have given much support to Pullen’s mission and ministry in the world. Please remember them all in these most difficult days.
Family and friends have requested that a prayer service be held at Pullen at 6:00 p.m. this evening. The prayer service will be held in our sanctuary.
Nancy E. Petty
Update (April 24, 2013, 8:51 a.m.): Statement from the Hahn/Kirk families:
Jamie Kirk Hahn
Jamie lost her struggle to live this morning. We lost a beautiful and loving wife, daughter and friend.
We all lost a pure and brave spirit.
Over the last two days we were inspired by how the community rallied around her. It is our fervent hope that an even larger community will be inspired now by the way she lived her life.
She dedicated her life and her work to the ideal that we were put on this earth to care for those who need an extra measure of care. She believed in justice, opportunity and fairness for all. She loved politics and she saw the Democratic Party as the path to realize her ideals.
She had a gift for bringing us together—black and white, young and old, gay and straight. She challenged us to work together for a better world.
Her light will shine on in all of us who knew and loved her.
April 24, 2013