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Family losing hope for arrest in UNC student's death

Posted October 25, 2012 5:51 p.m. EDT
Updated October 25, 2012 6:43 p.m. EDT

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.

"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.