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CHAPEL HILL, NC – The board of trustees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is pledging $25,000 for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in the death of a 19-year-old junior.
Friends found the body of 19-year-old Faith Danielle Hedgepeth in her apartment last Friday morning, Sept. 7, 2012. She was a biology major from Warrenton who friends say wanted to be a doctor or a teacher.
The $25,000 will be added to a $1,000 reward offered through the Chapel Hill-Carrboro-UNC Crime Stoppers program. Hedgepeth was a member of the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe of Hollister, which has pledged $1,000 toward the reward fund. The apartment complex where she lived has also pledged $1,000.
Police have not disclosed whether they are questioning a suspect or if they have made any arrests. Chapel Hill police have confirmed that they are treating the death as a homicide and say they don’t believe it was a random act.
According to her friends, Hedgepeth planned to return to live with the Native American tribe, which has about 4,000 members, after she finished her studies.
Rolanda Hedgepeth said that her sister loved her ancestry and her church.
Her church’s pastor, Willie Pastor, said: ‘You send a child off to college and you think they will be safe. This throws your whole balance in life off.’
In high school, she was one of just 1,000 students to win a Gate Millennium Scholarship and received a full ride to UNC, where she was active at the school’s American Indian Center and sang with the Unheard Voices, a campus a cappella group.
She was killed three weeks shy of her 20th birthday.
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