Mourners pack Ruck Towson Funeral Home for wake for slain U-Va. senior Yeardley Love

By Mark Viera, Steve Yanda and Daniel de Vise
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, May 7, 2010; 7:13 PM

Mourners packed the Ruck Towson Funeral Home Friday for a wake for slain University of Virginia senior Yeardley Love.

Collages and photos from Love's youth adorned the room, effectively filling it with Love's piercing blue eyes. A digital slideshow played on a laptop that the procession passed on its way to the closed casket.

Love, 22, a U-Va. lacrosse player, was found dead early Monday in her Charlottesville apartment. Police have charged George Huguely, also 22 and a former U-Va. lacrosse player, with murder, saying he slammed Love's head against a wall during an argument that came after a romantic breakup. Huguely's attorney has said Love's death was an accident.

There were flower arrangements sent by lacrosse teams from Princeton, Georgetown, Brown, Notre Dame and Navy, among others. Many U-Va. students attended the wake and the women's and men's teams also sent flower arrangements.

Love grew up in the Baltimore suburb of Cockeysville and attended Notre Dame Prep, a girl's school in Towson.

Among the mourners was Leigh Erlandson, 45, of Lutherville, who said she had known Love from age 8. "Everybody should have the ability to know a family as wonderful as Yeardley's. She gave so much," Erlandson said.

Pat Nugent of Baltimore, who has two daughters the same ages as Yeardley and her older sister, said of the accused killer, "I don't know how Yeardley could end up with a guy like that."

A mass and private burial will be held Saturday.

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