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Slain UNC student's family meets with investigators

Posted October 5, 2012 4:41 p.m. EDT
Updated October 5, 2012 6:57 p.m. EDT

— Four weeks after a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student was killed in her off-campus apartment, her family met Friday with investigators but got few answers to their many questions about her death.

Faith Danielle Hedgepeth, 19, was found dead in her Hawthorne View apartment on Sept. 7. No suspects have been named, and police have said little other than they don't believe the crime was random.

"All they have said to us and to the public, to the media, to everybody (is) that this wasn't random. How do they know that?" asked Hedgepeth's brother, Chad Hedgepeth.

The family met with Durham County District Attorney Leon Stanback and three other prosecutors to discuss the case.

"Do they have a suspect? Do they have any suspects? How many do they have? Do they have more than one?" Chad Hedgepeth wonders. "Tell us something, because being in the dark on any and everything these past four weeks has been brutal."

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.

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.

"It's still surreal," Chad Hedgepeth said. "The past four weeks seems like a blur, seems like a dream."