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Radio transmission: Blood found in bedroom of slain UNC student

Posted September 25, 2012 2:36 p.m. EDT
Updated September 26, 2012 6:08 a.m. EDT

Faith Hedgepeth

— Police investigators have been quiet about their investigation into the homicide of a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student, but radio transmissions from Durham County's 911 indicate the 19-year-old was found in her bedroom and that there was blood.

The 5 ½-minute recording doesn't reveal anything else about the circumstances surrounding the death of Faith Danielle Hedgepeth, but it is new information in a case that has family members, neighbors and the community wanting answers.

Durham authorities were the first to respond to a call for help, but the case was turned over to Chapel Hill police.

They have only said that Hedgepeth's roommate found her dead around 11 a.m. on Sept. 7 in their apartment on Hawthorne on the View and that they don't believe her death was a random attack.

They have not publicly identified any suspects.

Other information in the case, including a cause of death and 911 recordings, have been sealed under a court order.

A reward of nearly $30,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the case, and investigators 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 was a junior biology major from Warrenton who, friends have said, had talked about becoming a doctor or doing something to help others.

Friends and family are planning to start a scholarship in her memory that will help Native American students from small communities attend college.

Red Robin in Durham, where Hedgepeth worked, is holding a fundraiser Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and is donating 15 percent of the proceeds to the scholarship.

Hedgepeth would have turned 20 on Wednesday.

"She just was a bubbly personality," her friend, Victoria Chavis, said Tuesday. "She had a smile that was just infectious, and she was a wonderful person to be around."