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Haliwa-Saponi Tribe in mourning after death of young woman





Members of the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe of North Carolina expressed shock following the murder of a young woman who was active in the community.

Faith Hedgepeth, 19, a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was found dead in her apartment on Friday. Tribal members held an honoring ceremony for her yesterday.

"It is a huge, huge shock – and that’s to say the least,” Melissa Richardson, the chair of the tribal council, told The Charlotte Observer. “Our community is just reeling from this. Numb. How could somebody do this to Faith?”

The tribe is the third largest in the state but lacks federal recognition.

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'Numb' N.C. tribe mourns UNC student’s slaying (The Charlotte Observer 9/10)
UNC-Chapel Hill student's death shocks community (WRAL-TV 9/8)