U-Va. lacrosse player charged with murder of fellow student-athlete

By Mary Pat Flaherty, Jenna Johnson and Steve Yanda
Monday, May 3, 2010; 1:31 PM

A University of Virginia men's lacrosse player from Chevy Chase and the Landon School has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a women's lacrosse player at the school.

George Huguely, 22, is charged with killing Yeardley Love, also 22, of Cockeysville, Md., police said. Both are seniors.

Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo said officers responded to a call at about 2:15 Monday morning for a possible alcohol oversdose at Love's apartment but once there "the obvious physical trauma to her" led them to start a homicide investigation. He declined to say what the nature of the injuries were.

Love was found in bed by a roommate at their private apartment about 3 blocks from campus that Love shared with two female friends, Longo said. Huguely was located at his apartment and questioned and arrested by about 6 a.m., Longo.

Longo said police have no other suspects in the case. Love and Huguely, he said, "have had a romantic relationship but the exact status of that at this time is part of our investigation."

At the Cockeysville home of Love's family, a woman who answered the phone Monday afternoon and identified herself as a designated spokesman, said, "The family has no comment at this time."

Neither Robinson Bordley, the Landon School's lacrosse and football coach, nor Drew Johnson, the school's athletic director, were made available to comment. A Landon communications officer said no one at the school would have any comment on Huguely until the criminal investigation had run its course.

Phone messages left at the respective residences of Marta Murphy and George Hughley III, Huguely's mother and father, were not immediately returned.

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