Police: UNC student found murdered in apartment

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19-year-old Faith Danielle Hedgepeth (WTVD)

19-year-old Faith Danielle Hedgepeth (WTVD)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — 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 Friday morning. 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.

Credit: The Associated Press.