Slain consultant recalled at church, dinner

The Associated Press

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RALEIGH — A North Carolina political strategist who died this week after being stabbed in her home is being remembered by family, friends and political allies at a church service and a Democratic Party dinner.

A memorial service was held Saturday at a Raleigh Baptist church for 29-year-old Jamie Kirk Hahn, who died Wednesday. Police said Hahn and her husband were stabbed Monday.

The best man at the couple's wedding is charged with murder. Suspect Jonathan Broyhill has been hospitalized for what investigators said are self-inflicted injuries.

Police haven't given a motive for the attack, but former U.S. Rep. Brad Miller says there are questionable campaign reports Broyhill made while working for his campaign through Hahn's consulting firm. Miller said he froze his campaign account after checks began to bounce in recent weeks. He said he expects the account and the circumstances around it will become important evidence.

Hahn's husband, Nation, remembered his wife at Saturday's memorial service. His arm and wrist were still heavily bandaged. He said his wife had a kind heart and loved politics because she wanted to help everyone have a better life.

"She was a good and decent person who saw wrongs and wanted to right them," he said.

Nation Hahn also said his wife loved her family and friends, reminding him to visit their parents or throwing parties where everything had to be just right.

"Every day we were together, Jamie would make me a better person," Nation Hahn said.

He ended his remarks coming back to a story he told earlier about how he and his wife would insist each of them loved the other more, until she finished the discussion by saying she loved him "the mostest."

"Jamie, I love you more," Nation Hahn said.

Miller, U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and others were expected to pay tribute to Jamie Hahn as hundreds attend Saturday night's Democratic Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Raleigh. A memorial service for her will also be held next week in Orangeburg, S.C., where she grew up.