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On May 3, 2010, Yeardley Love, University of Virginia
University of Virginia
The University of Virginia is a public research university located in Charlottesville, Virginia, United States, founded by Thomas Jefferson...

 women's lacrosse
Women's lacrosse
Women's lacrosse, sometimes shortened to wlax or lax, is a sport played with twelve players on each team. Originally played by the indigenous peoples of the Americas, the first tribe to play it was the Hauser tribe, of the Great Plains. The modern women's game was introduced in 1890 at the St...

 student-athlete, was found unresponsive in her Charlottesville
Charlottesville, Virginia
Charlottesville is an independent city geographically surrounded by but separate from Albemarle County in the Commonwealth of Virginia, United States, and named after Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the queen consort of King George III of the United Kingdom.The official population estimate for...

 apartment. Later that day, men's lacrosse
Virginia Cavaliers men's lacrosse
The Virginia Cavaliers men's lacrosse team represents the University of Virginia in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I men's lacrosse...

 player George Wesley Huguely V, originally of Chevy Chase, Maryland
Chevy Chase, Maryland
Chevy Chase is the name of both a town and an unincorporated census-designated place in Montgomery County, Maryland. In addition, a number of villages in the same area of Montgomery County include "Chevy Chase" in their names...

, was arrested by Charlottesville Police and charged with Love's murder.

Yeardley Love

Yeardley Reynolds Love was born on July 17, 1987, in Baltimore
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, Maryland
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, to John and Sharon Love. Yeardley Love had one sister, Lexie. Her uncle, Granville Swope, was an All-American lacrosse player at the University of Virginia. Yeardley attended the all-girls Notre Dame Preparatory School
Notre Dame Preparatory School (Towson, Maryland)
Notre Dame Preparatory School is a private, Roman Catholic school in Towson, Maryland. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore. Notre Dame Preparatory School is one of Baltimore's oldest Catholic, college preparatory schools for girls...

 in Towson, Maryland
Towson, Maryland
Towson is an unincorporated community and a census-designated place in Baltimore County, Maryland, United States. The population was 55,197 at the 2010 census...

, and resided in Cockeysville, Maryland
Cockeysville, Maryland
Cockeysville is a census-designated place in Baltimore County, Maryland, United States. The population was 19,388 at the 2000 census.-History:...

. At Notre Dame, Love was a member of the varsity lacrosse and field hockey
Field hockey
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 teams all four years and was an All-County lacrosse player in 2006. Love was admitted to the University of Virginia, where she majored in government
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 and minored in Spanish
Spanish language
Spanish , also known as Castilian , is a Romance language in the Ibero-Romance group that evolved from several languages and dialects in central-northern Iberia around the 9th century and gradually spread with the expansion of the Kingdom of Castile into central and southern Iberia during the...

. She was also a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta
Kappa Alpha Theta
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 sorority. As a member of the UVA women's lacrosse team, the Cavaliers, Love scored her first goal in her first game, playing against Virginia Tech. Love started in 9 of her 16 games in 2009 and in 3 of her 15 games in 2010.

George Huguely

George Wesley Huguely V was born on August 17, 1987, in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
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, to George Huguely IV and Marta Murphy, who subsequently divorced. George V descends from a long line of wealthy businessmen. Huguely's great-grandfather George Huguely, Sr., founded the construction supply company Galliher & Huguely in 1912. George Huguely IV is a self-employed investor. George Huguely V attended the all-boys Landon School
Landon School
The Landon School is a private, nonsectarian, college preparatory school for boys in grades 3-12, with an enrollment of approximately 675 students. The school sits on in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C.-Background:...

 in Bethesda, Maryland
Bethesda, Maryland
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, and resided in Chevy Chase, Maryland
Chevy Chase, Maryland
Chevy Chase is the name of both a town and an unincorporated census-designated place in Montgomery County, Maryland. In addition, a number of villages in the same area of Montgomery County include "Chevy Chase" in their names...

. At Landon, Huguely was an All-American lacrosse player and played football as well. During his senior year at Landon, Huguely was the quarterback of the football team.

In 2007, Huguely was charged with underage possession of alcohol in Florida
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, where his family owns a vacation home. In 2008, Huguely was arrested for public drunkenness and resisting arrest outside the Phi Kappa Sigma
Phi Kappa Sigma
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 fraternity house at Washington and Lee University
Washington and Lee University
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; police tased
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 Huguely to subdue him. In that incident, Huguely received a suspended sentence
Suspended sentence
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 of 60 days and 6 months of probation, was fined, and was ordered to perform community service and take a drug treatment program. He did not disclose this arrest to the University of Virginia, despite a requirement to do so. During the 2010 season, Huguely was a midfielder for the Virginia Cavaliers men's lacrosse
Virginia Cavaliers men's lacrosse
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 team. He majored in anthropology
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 at Virginia.

Murder and arrest

Around 2:15 a.m. (EDT) on May 3, police were called to Love's apartment on 14th Street in the University Corner district in Charlottesville. At the scene, Love was found unresponsive and was pronounced dead. The 911 call from Love's roommate reported that Love suffered an alcohol overdose, but detectives noticed "obvious physical injuries to her body" upon arrival. The suspect, George Huguely, was living in the building next door.

On May 4, Huguely was charged with murdering Love and is currently being held in the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail. At a May 6 court appearance, Huguely's attorney, Fran Lawrence, stated: "Ms. Love's death was not intended but an accident with a tragic outcome." Huguely appeared at the hearing via video.

Huguely and Love dated briefly, but had broken up. At the Charlottesville police station, Huguely waived his Miranda rights and narrated graphic details of his assaulting Love, stating that he kicked open Love's locked bedroom door and "shook Love, and her head repeatedly hit the wall". Evidence that police seized from Huguely's apartment included two Apple laptop computers, a spiral notebook, two white socks, bathroom and entryway rugs, and a Virginia lacrosse shirt with a red stain. Investigators are reportedly also following leads that could point to domestic violence between Huguely and Love, including: threatening e-mail and text messages that Huguely allegedly sent to Love post-breakup; a violent encounter between the couple that was broken up by several visiting lacrosse players from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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; and an incident in which Huguely attacked Love while drunk but did not recall having hit her. An unnamed student told the New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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that Huguely and Love broke up after the drunken Huguely assaulted Love.


"My hope for Yeardley, and for you," said University president John Casteen at a May 6 candlelight vigil, "is that her dying inspires an anger, a sense of outrage that engenders determination here and wherever Yeardley's name is recognized that no woman, no person in this place, this community, this state, our nation need either fear for her safety or experience violence for any reason." A funeral Mass for Love was held at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen
Cathedral of Mary Our Queen
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 on May 8 with an attendance of around 2,000.

On May 10, UVA women's lacrosse coach Julie Myers explained why the team planned to go forward with its role in the NCAA tournament, "Let’s do it the way that Yards would want us to do it."

In their respective tournaments, the men's team advanced to the semifinal where they lost to Duke
Duke Blue Devils men's lacrosse
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, who would go on to win the championship, and the women's team advanced to the quarterfinal.

On September 29, 2010, the family of Yeardley Love announced the creation of the Yeardley Reynolds Love Foundation, Inc., also known as the One Love Foundation, to honor the memory of this outstanding young woman. "The mission of the foundation is to encourage and develop in children and young adults four qualities of character that Yeardley exemplified … service, kindness, humility and sportsmanship … that together add up to One Love," explained Sharon Love, Yeardley’s mother. "The foundation would like to 'bring out the Yeardley' in everyone by igniting the spirit of One Love in children and young adults, encouraging them to choose a path of goodness."

Legal proceedings

A preliminary hearing for Huguely on a first degree murder charge was held April 11, 2011, in Charlottesville District Court. Huguely continues to be held without bond at the Charlottesville regional jail. On January 7, 2011, prosecutors added five additional charges: felony murder, robbery of a residence, burglary, entering a house with an intent to commit a felony, and grand larceny. A grand jury
Grand jury
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indicted him April 18, 2011 on charges of first degree and felony murder charges, and a trial date of Feb. 6, 2012 was set.

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