Charlotte Deputy City Manager Speaks Out 1 Year After Daughter Killed

October 2013

Time Warner Cable News
By Becky Bereiter
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 10:16 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE -- Fighting back tears, an emotional crowd hung on Ron Kimble's every word Wednesday afternoon, as the deputy city manager and his wife Jan shared their daughter's inspiring life and tragic death.

The two were asked to speak at this year's Safe Alliance Partner Luncheon, to fight domestic violence.

Jamie Kimble, 31, was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend in Tampa, September 3 of last year. He then turned the gun on himself.

Kimble says the two were in an abusive relationship for seven years but she had recently called it off for good. He received the devastating news the first night of the Democratic National Convention.

"The irony again, is it was one of the brightest days for Charlotte but one of the darkest for us," said Ron Kimble.

"She had a beautiful way with words and never fell short on telling us she loved us and how much she appreciated everything we had done for her," said Jan Kimble.

In the year since her passing, the Kimbles have immersed themselves in the continued fight to end domestic violence. They have recently launched The Jamie Kimble Foundation for Courage.

"We felt now was the perfect time to raise awareness of the signs and signals, sometimes the hidden signs of psychological and emotional abuse and raise the awareness of everybody in our community," said Kimble.

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