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Faith Hedgepeth documents, autopsy unsealed on Friday

But there’s still so much he doesn’t know. Although Chapel Hill police released a new timeline for the last hours of Faith Hedgepeth’s last night, Roland Hedgepeth still doesn’t know what would cause someone to take his daughter’s life.

Faith Hedgepeth was found dead in her off-campus apartment on Sept. 7, 2012. Police have spent the last two years searching for the UNC junior’s killer, collecting hundreds of DNA samples and spending thousands of hours on the case .

“Maybe her standing up for what was right for someone else was what led to her death,” Roland Hedgepeth said through tears on the two-year anniversary of his daughter’s death Sunday.

Faith Hedgepeth was found with bruises and cuts on her knuckles, according to an autopsy released Friday. Bruised knuckles suggests she put up a fight, according to a report from the Department of Forensic Medicine at the University of Dundee in Scotland.

“She was a fighter; she didn’t give up,” Roland Hedgepeth said. “Even after all that happened in college, especially coming from such a small town.”

Faith Hedgepeth, a native of Hollister, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.02 at the time of her autopsy, according to a toxicology report. Police said she spent part of her last night at the The Thrill, a bar on East Rosemary Street that has since closed. She returned to her apartment around 2:38 a.m. on Sept. 7, 2012 with her roommate Karena Rosario. Rosario later left the apartment at 4:27 a.m., according to a timeline of Faith Hedgepeth’s last night released by Chapel Hill police Thursday.

According to Faith Hedgepeth’s autopsy, Rosario was the last person to Faith Hedgepeth alive. Rosario saw her sleeping in their Hawthorne at the View apartment at 4 a.m. Sept. 7, 2012. Rosario did not respond to requests for comment.

Police say Rosario returned around 11 a.m. to find Faith Hedgepeth dead. In the 911 call alerting police to her body, Rosario said she didn’t think Hedgepeth was breathing when she found her. Rosario told the operator several times there were items in the room that were not hers and that it looked like someone else had been there.

“There’s stuff in my room that wasn’t here before,” she said during the call. “It looks like someone came in here. It really does.”

Members of the University community will gather today to remember Faith Hedgepeth, a member of the Haliwa-Saponi tribe, at 12 p.m. at “The Gift,” the mosaic walkway outside the Franklin Porter Graham Student Union.

“Over the past two days, authorities have released new information related to the Chapel Hill Police Department’s ongoing homicide investigation, which we remain hopeful will result in the case being solved as quickly as possible,” Chancellor Folt said in a statement last week.

There is almost $40,000 available in reward money for anyone who provides Chapel Hill Police with information leading to an arrest in Faith Hedgepeth’s homicide. Chapel Hill Police have asked anyone with information to call the 24/7 hotline at 919-614-6363.

While he appreciates the police department’s efforts, Roland Hedgepeth said he wishes he had known more about his daughter’s case earlier.

Roland Hedgepeth, who will attend today’s service at The Gift walkway, said he’s thankful for the support he’s received from students and the University community.

“I miss her more today than I ever have,” Roland Hedgepeth said.

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This online timeline was compiled by online editor Paige Ladisic.



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