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Faith Hedgepeth's sister to killer: 'What did she do to you?'

Posted September 27, 2016 10:24 p.m. EDT
Updated July 13, 2018 2:04 p.m. EDT

— Monday would have been Faith Hedgepeth’s 24th birthday, but four years after the death of the University of North Carolina student, family members say they remain confident that justice will be served in the case.

“We’ve always been optimistic since day one. We feel like the person will be caught,” said Hedgepeth’s sister Rolanda Hedgepeth.

Rolanda Hedgepeth said she remembers the day four years ago when she received the call that he sister was dead. Faith Hedgepeth was a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. On Sept. 7, 2012, friends found her body at her apartment at the Hawthorne on the View complex located at 5639 Old Chapel Hill Road.

Looking at a photo taken of her sister at a family wedding just two weeks before her death, Rolanda Hedgepeth said it hurts her to think that her sister will never have a wedding of her own.

“It’s hurtful when we think about the things that she misses out on like her new nephew and just seeing everybody grow up and her graduating from college, getting married, having her own family, her own career,” she said.

Chapel Hill police on Monday released a composite sketch and report that they believe could help identify the man responsible for Hedgepeth’s 2012 murder. The 3D sketch, created by Parabon NanoLabs, uses facial features and potential ancestry determined by DNA samples.

3-d composite sketch

Rolanda Hedgepeth said she saw the sketch several months ago, before it was released to the public, and is pleased with how investigators are handling her sister’s case. Chapel Hill police say they have received hundreds of tips int he case.

Rolanda Hedgepeth said if the man behind her sister’s death is caught, she would just want to ask why he killed her.

“I would just want to know why. What did she do to you for you to do that to her,” she said.

As police continue to search for a suspect in the case, family members said they do the best they can to celebrate Faith Hedgepeth’s life.