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Day of service, birthday bash honor slain Raleigh woman

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Friends of a North Carolina Democratic strategist fatally stabbed in her home six months ago are gathering this weekend to kick off a foundation named in her memory.

Events for the Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation include a concert at Lincoln Theatre remembering what would have been her 30th birthday. There also will be service opportunities Saturday and a Sunday brunch.

Foundation leaders want the organization to identify, mentor and train young leaders interested in working at nonprofits, socially-minded businesses or in public service.

"We're going to have a day of service through volunteering with Interfaith Food Shuttle. Something Jamie really cared about was hunger and poverty. And then that evening we're doing a big bash with bands, live music out at Lincoln Theater," foundation volunteer Sarah Crawford said.

More than 150 volunteers showed up Saturday to take part in a day of service in Hahn's memory.

"For someone younger than me, she was someone I looked up to, someone I said I wanna be like her when I grow up. She was so involved and she cared about everybody on just an incredibly admirable level," said friend Jason Pfister.

Friends and family, including Hahn's mother and stepfather, showed up along with complete strangers. Together they bagged fresh produce for local soup kitchens. They also bagged up fresh produce to be delivered to area seniors.

The work continued at the Inter-Faith Teaching Farm where volunteers helped to plant and harvest, and built fences for both a new chicken coop and a children's garden. It is work members of her foundation say will help Hahn's legacy live on, and at the same time, it just might help her friends and family to heal.

"It does you know. I know friends of ours that were so hurt by this, and even for a moment to appreciate each other, but also to know that you're making a difference," said Pfister.

Hahn died April 24, two days after she was attacked in Raleigh. Her husband was also stabbed but survived. The best man at the couple's wedding was charged with murder and other crimes. Police haven't disclosed a possible motive.

"Jamie in her 29 years did so much and touched countless, countless lives. To be able to do this and to create more Jamies and lift up more leaders and inspire other leaders, it's the right thing to do," said Crawford.

For more information on these events and the Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation click here

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