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Friends, family raise money for Faith Hedgepeth Scholarship Fund

By Eileen Park

More than 500 people ate at the Durham Red Robin Wednesday, donating money towards a scholarship fund in Faith Hedgepeth’s name, the UNC student that was murdered September 7.

Beginning at 5 p.m. Wednesday, customers flooded the restaurant to celebrate Hedgepeth’s legacy. One of the managers estimates that over $1,000 was raised.

“I don’t want anybody to forget what happened to her, I don’t want anybody to brush it under the rug,” said UNC student and friend of Hedgepeth, Myeshia Bryant.

Those close to Hedgepeth say that her murder is still too fresh in their memories. 

“I’m very angry, because he took somebody that was very precious from me,” said friend and former Red Robin co-worker Diandra Bellamy.

Bellamy worked with Hedgepeth at Red Robin for almost two years and said she needed to know why someone would kill her best friend.

 “We’ve tried to investigate and solve things ourselves. We’ve tried to think, ‘were there times she was sad? Were their times she was trying to give us signs? Something that maybe we didn’t realize?’” asked Bellamy.

She adds that she hasn’t been able to be at peace ever since the day she realized that her best friend was gone and the fact that there hasn’t been an arrest in the case.

“We're a little bit on edge as well because you know, it might be somebody that's right around us. In might be somebody that's in close quarters. We don't even know that , you know?

The 19-year-old was found dead earlier this month in her apartment by her friends. Authorities have not released any other details about her death, only to say that they are treating the case as a homicide.

The University of North Carolina Board of Trustees is offering a $25,000 reward leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for her death.

The Haliwa-Saponi Tribe, of which Hedgepeth was a member, and Hawthorne at the View Apartments, where she lived, have also pledged $1,000 each to the CrimeStoppers reward fund.

No arrests have been made in the case. Anyone with information is asked to call the police tip line at (919) 614-6363 or CrimeStoppers at (919) 942-7515.


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