Family of slain UNC student seeks answers

Faith Danielle Hedgepeth (Image courtesy American Indian Center at UNC-Chapel Hill)
October 10, 2012 2:43:14 PM PDT
The family of a slain UNC student is growing frustrated as they search for answers into the murder of their loved one.

It's been more than a month since Faith Hedgepeth was found dead at her off-campus apartment. There have still been no arrests or suspects announced by police.

"She was at the library until late, and then her and her friend with to the club," said Faith's sister, Rolanda Hedgepeth.

That would be the last time anyone would see Faith Hedgepeth on the ill-fated night before she was killed inside her Chapel Hill apartment. It was the same apartment where, just last summer, her roommate's boyfriend became the focus of restraining order after a violent episode there.

Faith's sister said she helped her roommate through that difficult time.

"She just did not believe in any type of abuse in a relationship," said Rolanda. "She was trying to help. She called me the day they were on the way. She wanted direction on where to go."

Police have not said whether the man named in the restraining order is a person of interest.

However, Takoy Jones, talked to ABC11 the night Faith was discovered. He expressed his remorse.

"Faith was the sweetest person in the world," said Jones. "I'm still in shock."

Minus solid answers, Faith's family says their position is that everyone is a suspect.

Rolanda said Faith's roommate has left the area, but is in constant communication with the family.

"She's always been a sweet person," said Rolanda. "Some people are mad at her. I'm not. My thing is what if she didn't do anything and everybody's mad at her for nothing.  I'm just waiting to find out who it was."

Police will only say Faith's murder was not random. The family has not ruled out the possibility that she knew her attacker. They say the 19 year old suffered a brutal beating death at the hands of an unknown killer.

"I just pray that whoever did this will be heavy with guilt -- to come forward and confess," said Rolanda. "For me, I'm looking to forgive. I have to do that for myself."

Faith's family is hoping a bigger reward will yield more leads. They are working to increase the current $30,000 reward.

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