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Lacrosse player George Huguely charged in fellow U-Va. student Yeardley Love's death

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Charlottesville police say a U-Va. women's lacrosse player suffered from trauma and was already dead when authorities arrived at her apartment. 22-year-old Yeardley Love was found dead and 22-year-old George Huguely has been arrested.

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By Mary Pat Flaherty and Jenna Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writers
Tuesday, May 4, 2010

CHARLOTTESVILLE -- They were standout athletes who went to the University of Virginia to play for the school's nationally ranked lacrosse teams.

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George Huguely, 22, of Chevy Chase had been the starting quarterback, an honor roll student and a lacrosse all-American at the renowned Landon School.

Yeardley Love, 22, of Baltimore County had been a four-year member of the lacrosse and field hockey teams at Notre Dame Prep in Baltimore.

At some point, they had a romantic relationship. But early Monday, Love was found dead inside her apartment, and a few hours later, Huguely was charged in her death.

The university community was grappling with Love's slaying. Members of the men's and women's lacrosse teams closed ranks and were keeping to themselves. But the rest of the campus was openly devastated by the news. "This death moves us to deep anguish for the loss of a student of uncommon talent and promise," U-Va. President John Casteen said.

Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo said there were no previous reports to police of violence between the U-Va. seniors.

Officers responded to a call about 2:15 a.m. Monday for a possible alcohol overdose at Love's apartment, but once there, Longo said, they found Love dead in her bedroom with "obvious physical trauma." The chief declined to describe Love's injuries but said police do not think a weapon was involved.

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."

Love was found by a roommate, Longo said, at their apartment about three blocks off campus in the 200 block of 14th Street NW. Huguely was found at his nearby apartment, questioned and arrested by about 9 a.m., Longo said. Huguely was being held in Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail and was scheduled for a bond hearing Tuesday.

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

When reached by telephone, Huguely's grandfather, George Huguely III, said: "He was a wonderful child, and he was going to graduate. Hopefully he will be graduating. That's all I can tell you, okay? I'm sorry."

Huguely is an anthropology major, according to his online university team profile. He was a high-school all-American before joining the university lacrosse team, which is ranked No. 1 in the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association coaches' poll.


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