Police say UNC student was victim of homicide

Chapel Hill, North Carolina (AP) September 2012

Family and friends are mourning the death of a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who police say was a victim of homicide.

Friends found the body of 19-year-old Faith Danielle Hedgepeth in her apartment. She was a biology major from Warrenton who friends say wanted to be a doctor.

Hedgepeth was a member of the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe of Hollister. The Rev. Ronald Richardson, chief of the Haliwa-Saponi, said Hedgepeth was active in her church and her tribe.

The Warren County High School website says Hedgepeth also was a Gates Millennium scholar. The Gates Millennium Foundation awards 1,000 scholars each year with full scholarships to four-year colleges or universities.

Police don’t believe her death was a random act.