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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.

Huguely, a reserve for the Cavaliers who has four goals and three assists in 15 games, was quoted in a 2006 Washington Post story defending his former Landon teammates, who were among the Duke University players involved in a controversial sexual assault case. They were later exonerated.

Love's profile, like Huguely's, shows a record of sports achievement, from playing for Notre Dame Prep to becoming a collegiate starter. She majored in government with a Spanish minor. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, where members gathered on a porch Monday night, trying to avoid television crews setting up across the street.

Notre Dame headmistress Sister Patricia McCarron said Love, who played varsity lacrosse and field hockey for four years, was a joyous, spirited person. Mary Bartel, who coached Love in lacrosse at the school, said she was the core personality of the team and an outstanding athlete.

The possibility that one accomplished U-Va. student might have killed another caused Casteen to react with anger and anguish in a statement released Monday.

"We express the University's and our own sympathy for Yeardley's family, team-mates and friends," he said. "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. We mourn her death and feel anger on reading that the investigators believe that another student caused it."

Elizabeth VanDyke, 22, lives in a building across from Love's and said she was rousted by sirens. When she looked onto a driveway that crosses between the buildings, VanDyke said, she saw a woman she recognized as one of Love's roommates "wailing on her cellphone," as a man tried to calm her.

The scene was frightening, said VanDyke, a U-Va. senior nursing major. "We were too afraid to come outside and see what was going on," she said Monday afternoon, as two police cars were stationed outside the complex. "It feels very surreal. Like I am in an episode of CSI."

Neither Robinson Bordley, 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.

Casteen went on to say in his statement "that, however little we may know now about Yeardley Love's death, we do know that she did not have or deserve to die -- that she deserved the bright future she earned growing up, studying here, and developing her talents as a lacrosse player. She deserves to be remembered for her human goodness, her capacity for future greatness, and not for the terrible way in which her young life has ended."

Flaherty reported from Washington. Staff writers Zach Berman and Mark Viera in Charlottesville and Steve Yanda in Washington contributed to this report.


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