George Huguely's mother 'devastated' by Yeardley Love's death

Virginia's players honor deceased teammate Yeardley Love in their 14-12 victory over Towson in the NCAA tournament.
By Daniel de Vise and Anita Kumar
Washington Post Staff Writers
Wednesday, May 12, 2010

George Huguely's mother said in a written statement Tuesday that she is "devastated and confused" by the May 3 death of University of Virginia senior Yeardley Love and the murder charge facing her son.

"It has been difficult to remain silent during this dark, tumultuous time," said Marta Murphy, mother of 22-year-old George Huguely V, in a statement via e-mail. She and Huguely's father, George Huguely IV, divorced in 1998.

"Yeardley was part of our lives," wrote Murphy, of Chevy Chase. "I got to know her as George's mom. She was a sweet wonderful, young woman with a limitless future. We also know her mother, Sharon. The pain she and her family are suffering is something that no family should ever have to endure. No parent should have to bury a child, and not a moment goes by when they are not in our thoughts and our prayers."

The case has exposed communication gaps between law enforcement and the university. U-Va. President John T. Casteen III said Tuesday the university would have suspended Huguely, perhaps even expelled him, had officials known of his 2008 arrest in Lexington, Va., on charges of resisting arrest.

"Information of that kind would have lit our system up," he said. "Students who do those things and we know about it, find themselves under suspension immediately. We regularly require students to leave the university and undergo psychological treatment. In some cases, we don't readmit them."

Love, 22, a U-Va. lacrosse player, was found dead in her bedroom near the Charlottesville campus. Police said she died during a violent argument with Huguely, her former boyfriend and himself a lacrosse player, who shook her, causing her head to repeatedly hit a wall. Huguely's attorney has called the death an accident.

Love's family buried her Saturday. Huguely is in jail, charged with first-degree murder.

Murphy's statement is the first public comment on the slaying from the parents of either Huguely or Love. The Huguelys have remained silent on advice of counsel. The Loves have asked for time to grieve.

Murphy said she hoped the public would "understand that both George's father and I love our son. We will support George in whatever way we can -- just as any mother or father would do for their child."

In Richmond, Casteen met with Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) to ask him to change state law so that college officials would be notified if a student is ever arrested.

The General Assembly could not change the law before January, unless McDonnell calls legislators back for a special session later this year.

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