Dozens attended a memorial in Hedgepeth’s honor in the Student Union Monday, 24 months after she was found dead in her off-campus apartment. Police have spent thousands of hours and processed hundreds of DNA samples to find her killer, to no avail.
“I met Faith the night that she passed. I was going to an Alpha Pi Omega event,” said senior Lindsey Hooker . “I just knew I was going to want to be friends with her.”
Students had the opportunity to participate in a moment of silence to honor Hedgepeth, a native of the Haliwa-Saponi tribe, during the memorial, which was sponsored by the Alpha Pi Omega sorority, the American Indian Center, the Carolina Indian Circle, the First Nations Graduate Circle and the Phi Sigma Nu fraternity.
Following the moment of silence, attendees were asked to participate in a group photo and hold up signs calling for “Justice for Faith.”
“It’s not right that the person that killed her is still walking free,” said Hooker, a native of the Lumbee tribe.
Organizers asked students to take individual photos of themselves holding up the signs and post them to social media.
Police released new information related to Hedgepeth’s homicide case Thursday. Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue provided the public with a timeline of Hedgepeth’s final night and details about the crime scene.
Shannon Ross , a member of the Alpha Pi Omega sorority and an organizer of the event, said she hopes the newly released information will help police find her killer.
“We just want everyone to know — everyone in the surrounding area, campus community, Chapel Hill, Durham, wherever — that we have not forgotten,” Ross said.
“We will not forget. And we would love justice for our sister.”
The event drew students of all ages, and Ross said she hopes everyone learned how much Hedgepeth meant to the University community.
“I just think everybody should know that she was a wonderful person,” Ross said. “She definitely didn’t deserve what happened.”
Senior Caitlin Riley never met Hedgepeth but was compelled to attend the memorial to show solidarity with the groups calling for police to find her killer.
“It’s just not right for the person that did this to her to still be free,” she said. “We should get to the bottom of this.”
Two years later, Hooker said she still remembers her brief encounter with Hedgepeth.
“She was somebody,” Hooker said, carrying the “Justice for Faith” sign out of the Great Hall. “She just had a good spirit about her.”