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

Posted November 14, 2012 4:30 p.m. EST
Updated November 14, 2012 11:42 p.m. EST

— 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.

"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."