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This article about former University of Virginia lacrosse player George Huguely V, who is accused of killing classmate Yeardley Love, incorrectly said that Michael Mullally is a business associate of Huguely's father. Mullally is a business associate of the Galliher & Huguely lumberyard and is a friend of members of the Huguely family, but he does not know George Huguely IV.

George Huguely, accused in Yeardley Love's death, was a man of privilege, rage

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By David Nakamura, Steve Yanda and Daniel de Vise
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, May 23, 2010

On the day before he was charged with first-degree murder, George Huguely V walked the fairways and greens of Charlottesville's exclusive Farmington Country Club, the Blue Ridge Mountains at his back.

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The University of Virginia men's lacrosse team, ranked best in the nation, had just won the last regular-season game of Huguely's senior year. The 22-year-old and some teammates had gathered at the club with their fathers to celebrate the storybook ending and to look forward to the NCAA tournament.

Within hours, according to police, Huguely would kick down the bedroom door of his former girlfriend, Yeardley Love, and smash her head repeatedly against a wall.

On Sunday, while his classmates finish their school careers amid the pomp and pride of a U-Va. graduation ceremony and his teammates play a quarterfinal tournament game, Huguely will remain in the 4-by-8-foot jail cell he has occupied since police found Love facedown in a pool of her own blood on May 3. She was buried five days later.

The two sides of the George Wesley Huguely who could stroll a manicured golf course in the afternoon and allegedly commit an unfathomable act of fury in the wee hours of the next morning were not unknown to his friends and teammates. Huguely had a mercurial temperament. He was sometimes chivalrous, occasionally savage. He drank prodigiously, and that habit had resulted in previous violence.

"Every time I see Yeardley's face on a magazine, I want to die. None of us can believe this actually happened. It doesn't click. It doesn't jibe. It doesn't work," said one family friend. "The George we knew wasn't capable of that. There had to be a different George that was inside that head."

This picture of Huguely and Love, herself a U-Va. lacrosse player, is incomplete because most of those close to them declined to speak to The Washington Post. Neither of their families would speak to reporters. Others asked for anonymity out of respect to the Loves or because the police investigation is continuing. Public records and statements by police and university officials tell only pieces of the story.

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Huguely was a child of divorce but knew few other deprivations. He spent some of his teenage years in a million-dollar yellow brick home on a 1.5-acre corner lot in Potomac, where a boar's head hung over the fireplace. His round face came from his mother, Marta, a part-time model at Saks Fifth Avenue.

He was "the most friendly kid I've ever met," someone who "shook your hand and looked you in the eye," said Michael Mullally, a family friend and business associate of Huguely's father.

Huguely's great-great-grandfather co-founded the Galliher & Huguely lumber yard in Northwest Washington in 1912. The family invested in racehorses and a 1,000-unit apartment complex. Some family members had lifetime memberships at Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase and the Annapolis and Corinthian yacht clubs.

Before Huguely reached his teens, the Huguely family splintered in an ugly divorce. A legal agreement from 1997 required that George Huguely IV and his ex-wife would speak by telephone every Tuesday at 9 p.m. They could discuss the children -- George and his younger sister, Teran -- only if neither child was in earshot. The parents pledged in court not to criticize each other.


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