More than 200 gather at UNC to remember Faith Hedgepeth

September 8, 2013 

From left, Alpha Pi Omega sorority members Leslie Locklear, Whitney Bullard, Elena Hunt, Chelsea Barnes, Francesca Locklear and Katlin Roberts lead about 200 people in a memorial walk on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus Sept. 7 to remember student Faith Hedgepeth, 19, found slain Sept. 7, 2012. The homicide remains unsolved.

MARK SCHULTZ — mschultz@newsobserver.com

More than 200 people met in a grass amphitheater behind the UNC-Chapel Hill Bell Tower on Sept. 7 to remember Faith Hedgepeth, a student whose murder remains unsolved one year after her death at 19. A ceremony, with brief remarks from new Chancellor Carol Folt and others, was a somber mix of words and music. People then began a silent walk across campus. Some held hands and wore T shirts that said “Remembering Faith Hedgepeth – Stop the Violence Against Women.” At the Old Well, they laid white carnations unil they circled the landmark’s base. Marty Richardson, who grew up with Faith’s brother Chad in Hollister, in Halifax County, sang with Sandon Jacobs, the tribal song like a wail in the dark. “She was like my little sister,” he said. Then slowly, amid hugs and hushed goodbyes, the crowd slipped into the night, the tribute over, but a small-town girl whose life and death touched many, not forgotten.

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