After own loss, CLT leader pushes domestic violence awareness

After own loss, CLT leader pushes domestic violence awareness

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by BEN THOMPSON / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on October 16, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 17 at 12:20 PM

CHARLOTTE, NC – Assistant City Manager Ron Kimble spoke publically for the first time Wednesday about the murder of his daughter, 31-year-old Jamie Kimble.

“We saw the signs; they were very subtle,” said Ron.

In September 2012, Jamie was shot to death by her ex-boyfriend, who then turned the gun on himself. Mr. Kimble said she had ended the seven-year abusive relationship three months earlier, and was dating someone new.

“She had the courage to see it, to recognize what it was, and have the courage to get out,” he said. “She was on her way to a greater path with someone new.”

Ron and Jan Kimble broke their silence at the Safe Alliance luncheon in uptown, before hundreds of people committed to domestic violence awareness.

The Kimbles recalled their last memories of Jamie, her likes and dislikes, and the lessons learned from her death. Ron said communication is important if someone suspects a loved one is an abusive relationship.

“You have to engage in dialogue with your son or daughter,” he said.

The Kimbles said they felt compelled to get involved with Safe Alliance so people abused by the ones they love could get help. They’ve also started the Jamie Kimble Foundation for Courage which will raise awareness and money for domestic violence victims.

“I think she would be proud of us, but I think we are more proud of her,” he said.

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