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Governor offers $10K reward in UNC student's slaying

Posted November 14, 2012

— Gov. Bev Perdue is offering an additional $10,000 in reward money for information leading to a conviction in the September slaying of a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student, the Governor's Office announced Wednesday.

Faith Danielle Hedgepeth, 19, was found in her bedroom at her off-campus apartment in Chapel Hill on Sept. 7.

Although police have said they do not believe her death was random, they have not publicly identified any suspects.

With the governor's reward, the total reward in the case is up to $39,000.

Investigators have released few details in the case and are asking that anyone who thinks they might have information that could help to call the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-614-6363 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515.

Hedgepeth's sister said Wednesday that the family is struggling with unanswered questions.

Faith Danielle Hedgepeth (16x9) Slain UNC student's family hopes reward will bring answers

"It is getting harder not knowing what happened, trying to accept what happened," Rolanda Hedgepeth said. "She was beautiful. She didn't deserve it. She had a lot going for her."

Faith Hedgepeth's niece, Paige Evans, said she longs for a break in the case.

"I feel like the longer it drags out, the harder it is going to get," Evans said. 

Evans said the holidays will be particularly tough on the family.

"I do not want to put up a Christmas tree. I really do not want to do Thanksgiving, " she said. "I just don't." 

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  • NC Reader Nov 16, 11:51 a.m.

    I agree with Karmageddon. The police likely know who did it, just like they knew Ann Miller killed her husband Eric. They may think that they don't yet have enough evidence for a conviction and they don't want to risk an acquittal now when they might be able to nail the murderer later. It took five years to ensure a conviction of Ann Miller Kontz. Let's hope that someone talks and that there is eventually a conviction here as well.

  • LKG-Lover Nov 15, 4:26 p.m.

    Sometimes a little information from police will produce leads. They should release something to get things moving in this case. If it was not random, they have an idea who the suspect is and why they committed the crime. The public can't do much without any information. I guess they are waiting for the suspect to confess to someone. This could take years. What a waste.

  • Karmageddon Nov 15, 2:34 p.m.

    They know who did it and why but they can't prove it. It's useless to charge the guy now and let him get off. This is going to turn into a cold case that may be solved years down the road.

  • Chatham Rebel Nov 15, 12:51 p.m.

    "Those who wish to nit pick every single government decision should run for office. piene2"
    One thing is for sure anyone at all would do a better job! Oh wait, anyone with common sense would never be elected. Enough said.

  • Chatham Rebel Nov 15, 12:48 p.m.

    "The government has been offering rewards for many years. piene2"
    You just name one other time when this so called govenor has put up reward money in the last four years. I don't think you can either. It's apparent Bev this is another one of your 'make me look good before I'm gone things'. Don't leave mad Bev just LEAVE!

  • lost in translation Nov 15, 12:18 p.m.

    Dead end?

  • piene2 Nov 15, 12:06 p.m.

    "piene2: It is not so much about where the money came from (even though that should be answered) but a question of why this case. Why this case and not dozens of cases around NC that have not been solved. Was it race, gender, she looked nice, colege student? Is the govenor saying this person is more important than another student or child?
    kermit60"

    It is a high profile case and citizens are demanding extra effort. As far as where the money came from, that is none of your darn business. Those who wish to nit pick every single government decision should run for office.

  • kermit60 Nov 15, 10:34 a.m.

    piene2: It is not so much about where the money came from (even though that should be answered) but a question of why this case. Why this case and not dozens of cases around NC that have not been solved. Was it race, gender, she looked nice, colege student? Is the govenor saying this person is more important than another student or child?

  • DivaD Nov 15, 10:20 a.m.

    I pray that this situation is solved....

  • balog Nov 15, 10:09 a.m.

    If thw workd only operated as such from the midns of the omnipresent golo members - wouldnt it be perfect - I mean these people know everything! Even without understanding what is going on. God like I tell you!

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