UVA Lacrosse Player Charged With Murder

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Courtesy: UVA Athletics

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- A University of Virginia men's lacrosse player was charged Monday with first-degree murder in the death of a women's lacrosse player.

George Huguely, 22, of Chevy Chase, Md., was charged in the death of Yeardley Love, 22, of Cockeysville, Md., Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said. Both were seniors.

Longo said Love's roommate called police around 2:15 a.m. concerned that Love may have had an alcohol overdose, but police found her dead with obvious physical injuries to her body.

"It was quickly apparent to them that this young lady was the victim of something far worse," Longo said.

Longo said Huguely quickly became the focus. He wouldn't say what lead investigators to Huguely or detail the extent of Love's injuries. He said there did not appear to be any weapons.

Virginia's athletics department said no coaches, administrators or players were available for comment. However, the university did release a statement.

"Although we know nothing other than what appears in the Charlottesville Police Department's more recent statement, this death moves us to deep anguish for the loss of a student of uncommon talent and promise, and we express the university's and our own sympathy for Yeardley's family, team-mates, and friends," the statement read. "That she appears now to have been murdered by another student compounds this sense of loss by suggesting that Yeardley died without comfort or consolation from those closest to her."

Both highly ranked teams are preparing for the national tournament later this month. Virginia's men's team was ranked No. 1 for most of the season and expects to host a first-round game in the tournament after winning the Atlantic Coast Conference championship last month. The women's team also was expected to get into the tournament.

Huguely, a midfielder, wasn't a starter but played in all 15 games this season. He had four goals and three assists. Love played defense and started in three games this season.

Huguely is being held in the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail.

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  • by George on May 5, 2010 at 04:38 AM
    Not surprised...these Virginia schools are known to produce murderers.
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on May 4, 2010 at 04:32 PM
    To LEO: Okay, I do see that she resided in an apartment; point conceded there. These news stories are very limited in details. You seem quite educated in Criminal Investigative techniques. However, you 'assumed' one fact too many; I do not watch Cop shows on T.V. In fact, I detest them, as they only portray the rundown side of humanity in the U.S.A. I have viewed just enough of them to know. I prefer to watch shows that offer remedies and solutions, thank you very much.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on May 4, 2010 at 01:10 PM
    To Anonymous, how is that being a hypocrite? Use your brain before you post the word out. So yeah the boy who did murder her does need a prayer, but a different prayer than everybody else, unless if he actually did not intend to kill her. Since he and his lawyer are saying this was not intended, it makes me wonder if he was drunk when this happened. This is definately suspicious.
  • by LEO Location: ENC on May 4, 2010 at 12:34 PM
    OutsideLookingin: Where in the world did you read she lives in a university dorm ? How did you conclude the roomie was home before the victim came home ? The university police are not making the press releases, so it "appears" that she was living off campus. Maybe she came home with the boy and he beat her to death at the residence and then put her body into the bed ? Lot of maybe or what if in this story. You watch too many Cop shows on TV.
  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2010 at 12:18 PM
    Sam, prayers should go out to everyone INCLUDING the boy who killed the girl. How can you practice this "Christian act" of praying and not include the suspect? Hello. Duh. Jesus would pray for you if you murdered someone. So stop being a hypocrite & LOVE/FORGIVE everyone. He really needs help right now. He's cute & innocent until proven guilty.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on May 4, 2010 at 12:03 PM
    I feel bad for the families of both of the kids and all the lacrosse players. Thoughts and prayers go out to all them, except for the boy that killed the girl. Hope the UVA student body can get over this.
  • by a mom on May 4, 2010 at 09:57 AM
    Yes, he's cute but the dead girl was "beautiful" (saw her picture elsewhere) and now no-one will get to see her beauty ever again. I can't imagine her parents anguish over their loss of their beautiful daughter.
  • by Wow Location: Winterville on May 4, 2010 at 07:19 AM
    Am I the only one who thinks he's cute?
  • by Greg Location: Greenville on May 4, 2010 at 03:19 AM
    To Anonymous: Yes, all kinds of people go to college but their vocabulary improves;-)
  • by Anonymous on May 3, 2010 at 09:06 PM
    yeah we shouldnt jump the gun and treat him like hes guilty like we do in the other articles up here
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