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Family losing hope for arrest in UNC student's death

Posted October 25, 2012

Faith Hedgepeth

— Seven weeks after a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student was found dead in her off-campus apartment, her family is losing hope for an arrest in the case.

Faith Danielle Hedgepeth, 19, was found dead in her Hawthorne at the View apartment by her roommate on Sept. 7. No suspects have been named, and police have said little other than that they don't believe the crime was random.

Radio transmissions to Durham County's 911 center indicated blood was found in the apartment, but all 911 recordings and other investigative information have been sealed by court order.

Faith Hedgepeth Family piecing together slain UNC student's final hours

"I'm starting to lose hope at this point. I don't know any other way to put it," her father, Roland Hedgepeth, said Thursday. "I'm just getting really concerned."

"We need answers," said her sister, Rolanda Hedgepeth. "We're asked every day, 'Do you know anything? Have they told you anything?' It's very hard for us to keep saying, 'No, we don't know anything.'"

Roland Hedgepeth said he and his daughter texted each other the night before she was killed.

"Between 8 and 8:30 that night, I got a text message from her that said, 'Hey Daddy, I love you,' and I sent her a text back that said, 'Hey Faith,' or 'Hey baby, I love you more.'"

Rolanda Hedgepeth said her daughter also got a text from Faith that night, asking her if she had registered to vote. She also said she has learned that her sister went to the library and to a Chapel Hill club that night.

A reward of nearly $30,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the case. Anyone who thinks they might have information that could help is asked to call Chapel Hill police at 919-614-6363 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515.

Rolanda Hedgepeth said all she can do is what it says on the pin she wears – Have Faith.

"It represents that she's no longer here and she wants us to have the faith and keep faith," she said.


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  • affirmativediversity Oct 26, 2012

    My thoughts are with the family during this difficult time...BUT this isn't a TV show. Better LE take their time, explore every avenue, look at and consider every lead then arrest the correct person...instead of ignoring the obvious, cherry picking evidence so they can pin it on the stereotypical favorite based on the odds (like so often happens in this State).

  • Dan Cooper Oct 26, 2012

    "She also said she has learned that her sister went to the library and to a Chapel Hill club that night."

    The Library IS a club in downtown Chapel Hill, maybe a misunderstanding by her mother but possibly she was there and someone there that night saw something helpful to the investigation.

  • haleibc Oct 26, 2012

    Just my opinion, but it looks as if law enforcement is dragging their feet or afraid of stepping on the wrong toes.

  • Kilroywashere Oct 26, 2012

    Don't lose hope...I've heard through the grapevine that they know who it was...just a matter of time.

  • The Soldier Oct 26, 2012

    I am Praying to mother earth for you to have courge to deal with this issue. Only time will heal pain like this. I am native american also and i will tell my family to keep your family in our hearts and minds.

  • UreapwhatUsow Oct 25, 2012

    As long as the case is open, it is being worked on. They can't give out information on an open case because that would jeopardize the chances of getting a conviction. Be patient, who ever did this will slip-up!

  • mcraineycrazies Oct 25, 2012

    maybe they want to make sure they have enough on this person/persons to make an arrest, so sad, i feel for the family and freinds, she looks like she was so full of life

  • carrboroyouth Oct 25, 2012

    They have a feeling as to whom it might be. I hope they can gather enough evidence and arrest him soon.

  • westernwake1 Oct 25, 2012

    The police have arrested nobody for this crime yet they are saying there is no reason for concern & this was not a random crime.

    Sounds just like the beginning of the Eve Carson case...

  • shortcake53 Oct 25, 2012

    I understand their frustration, I wish we all knew what happened to Faith. Someone, somewhere, knows something. And they will either slip and say the wrong thing or someone else will tell on them. Either way, I hope the family gets answers soon.