Jon Broyhill, accused in stabbing, known as sweet, even-tempered

Apr. 25, 2013 @ 01:01 AM

Jonathan Wayne Broyhill was not known to Raleigh law enforcement prior to Monday except for a string of traffic-related incidents and a Feb. 16 charge of failure to appear in court for a misdemeanor.

Broyhill, 31, had been cited in 2011 and 2012 for allowing someone else to drive his unregistered vehicle, speeding, driving the wrong way, having a canceled or revoked tag, having no insurance, and seat belt violations, Jim Sughrue of the Raleigh Police Department said.

And those who knew Broyhill in his hometown of Lenoir were as stunned as anyone by news that Broyhill is accused of fatally stabbing a friend and wounding another in Raleigh.

“I’m in such shock,” said Amy Holsclaw, who worked with Broyhill doing merchandising for the Carolina Panthers about three years ago. “I just about fell out of my chair when I heard (what happened). He was such a wonderful person, always real neat and even-tempered.”

Holsclaw talked to Broyhill on Facebook just two weeks ago. She said he was thinking about moving back home to Lenoir.

“He said he wanted to simplify his life, that his job ... was very stressful,” she said.

Broyhill also told Holsclaw that his doctor had recently diagnosed multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease affecting the central nervous system.

“He told me he has good days and bad days, but that he was on an aggressive medicine regimen,” she said. “I told him I was worried about him.”

Broyhill attended Harris Chapel Christian Academy in Sawmills. Harris Chapel principal Allen Norrod remembers Broyhill as a good student.

“I could say nothing but positive things (about Broyhill),” Norrod said. He was kind, always kind and soft-spoken, and a good student. He was a good example for other students. I am very shocked.”

Brandy Jump, who attended Sunday school with Broyhill at Whitnel Pentacostal Holiness Church on Connelly Springs Road, said, “He was really sweet, always good.

“I’m really in shock. That’s not the person I knew. It’s hard to believe.”

A woman who answered the phone Wednesday at the home of Kenneth Wayne Broyhill, Jon Broyhill's father, declined to give her name or comment except to say the experience has been very traumatic.