Faith Danielle Hedgepeth: Scholarship fundraiser being held in honor of slain UNC student

Faith Hedgepeth was a biology major at University of North Carolina who planned on becoming a doctor before she was found dead in an apparent homicide on Sept. 7
(CBS/WRAL) DURHAM, N.C. - A fundraiser is being held Wednesday in honor of slain University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student Faith Danielle Hedgepeth, marking what would have been her 20th birthday.

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According to CBS affiliate WRAL, friends and family are planning to start a scholarship in her memory that will help Native American students from small communities attend college.

Red Robin in Durham, where Hedgepeth worked, is reportedly holding the fundraiser Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and is donating 15 percent of the proceeds to the scholarship.

Hedgepeth's roommate found her dead around 11 a.m. on Sept. 7 in their apartment on Hawthorne on the View. Police say they don't believe her death was a random attack. The Chapel Hill Police Department said they don't believe her death was a random act, and are investigating it as a homicide. The manner and cause of death have not been released.

WRAL also reports that a 5 1/2 minute radio transmission from Durham County's 911 indicates the 19-year-old was found in her bedroom and that there was blood.

Hedgepeth was a junior biology major from Warrenton who, friends have said, had talked about becoming a doctor or doing something to help others. A nearly $30,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the case.

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