Vigil planned for UNC student found murdered in apartment

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Faith Danielle Hedgepeth (WTVD)

Faith Danielle Hedgepeth (WTVD)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — A vigil is planned on Monday to remember a University of North Carolina Chapel Hill student found murdered at her apartment Friday.

The event honoring Faith Danielle Hedgepeth is planned to take place at 8 p.m. at The Pit on UNC’s Campus.

Faith Danielle Hedgepeth was a 19-year-old biology major from Warrenton who friends said wanted to be a doctor. Hedgepeth was a member of the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe of Hollister.

“She was a very pretty girl on the outside but even more than that she had a pretty heart. She put a smile on everyone’s face,” said Roland Hedgepeth, her father, according to WSOC.

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 said they don’t believe her death was a random act.

Information on a potential suspect or motive was not released.

Credit: The Associated Press.