UNC students show support for slain classmate

Fred Shropshire, WTVD - CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Hundreds gathered at the Pit Monday evening to honor 19-year-old Faith Hedgepeth who was found dead in her apartment Friday morning.

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The vigil lasted about an hour. Hedgepeth's friends, family and classmates described her character, aspirations and what a painful loss this is.

"Our hearts are heavy because we can't make sense of any of it," said Consuela Richardson, Faith Hedgepeth's cousin.

Those at the vigil described Hedgepth as a young lady full of life and destined for success.

"Faith had a very light and kindred spirit which was welcoming to all," said Candice Locklear, of the Carolina Indian Circle.

"I would charachterize her as quiet, somewhat shy and maybe a bit reserved, but once I got to know her, I found out there was a big personality that was full of life to go along with that beautiful smile."

Chapel Hill police said the UNC junior's friends found her body inside her off-campus apartment last Friday.

Faith, a member of the Haliwa-Saponi American Indian Tribe, majored in Biology and dreamed of becoming a pediatrician. Her dreams are now left to inspire others.

"I will hold you tight and I won't let go Faith," said Richardson. "I love you, baby."

Grief counselors were available at the vigil.

The Chapel Hill Police has established a tip-line for anyone with information related to this investigation. Anyone with information is urged to call (919) 614-6363. Callers who wish to remain anonymous will be allowed to do so. Individuals may also contact Crime Stoppers at (919) 942-7515. Calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential and anonymous, and the caller may be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000 for information that leads to arrest.


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