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Memorial walk to be held on anniversary of Hedgepeth's death

Friday, September 06, 2013

In just two days, family, friends and investigators will face the one year anniversary of the murder of UNC student Faith Hedgepeth.

The 19-year old was found dead in her off-campus apartment, and her killer still has not been caught

A walk in her honor will start at the Bell Tower Amphitheater this Saturday. Two of Hedgepeth's friends say the walk is a way, not just to honor her, but to make sure the community never forgets what happened to her.

"There are so many of us who want justice, especially for her family," said Chelsea Barnes. "I can't imagine being in their position. It's something we want justice for and I don't think we'll stop until we get it."

As Chapel Hill police work to bring forth that justice, those who knew Hedgepeth prepare to mark the one-year anniversary of her death.

Barnes and Allen Jones both knew Hedgepeth. They're helping plan the upcoming memorial walk on campus where they say the chancellor will be among the speakers.

"We're going to walk together as a group to the Old Well, and lay the flowers there and show our respect to Faith, and let her know that even though it's been a year, and justice has not been served, her legacy will always remain on campus," said Jones.

Hedgepeth was killed just off campus in her apartment. Police say it happened around 11 a.m. on Sept. 7, 2012. Hedgepeth's roommate found her body in their apartment.

The two went out the night before, and Hedgepeth came home around 3 a.m. That's the last time she was seen alive.

"It was really saddening," said Barnes. "I think it took a while to set in."

Since then, local, state and federal authorities have been trying to track down her killer. It's a killer whose DNA may have been found at the scene.

However, almost a year later, there is no known name to go with that sample found on scene. Those who knew her wait, hope and remember.

"Her smile, her personality was something that couldn't go unseen and while she's physically not here anymore, she's always going to be part of this campus, and she'll always be part of the Carolina community," said Jones.

The memorial walk will be Saturday at 7:30 p.m. starting at the Bell Tower Amphitheater.

Again, authorities are asking for the public's help.

They say the suspect could be someone who:

  • Lived nearby.
  • Missing during those early morning hours.
  • Someone who said anything out of the ordinary about her, or the case.

If you know anything you are asked to call the Chapel Hill Police Department tip line at (919) 614-6363 or Crimestoppers at (919) 942-7515.

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