Men’s lacrosse player at Virginia charged in slaying of female lacrosse athlete

Posted by Andy Durham on May 3, 2010 at 8:25 pm under College | Comments are off for this article

from the charlotteobserver.com:

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. A senior on the Virginia men’s lacrosse team was charged Monday with the slaying of a fellow student the women’s team, stunning students at the picturesque campus.

George Huguely, 22, of Chevy Chase, Md., was charged with first-degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Yeardley Love, also a senior, of Cockeysville, Md., Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said.

Longo said Love’s roommate called police around 2:15 a.m. concerned that Love may have had an alcohol overdose, but police found her dead with obvious physical injuries.

“It was quickly apparent to them that this young lady was the victim of something far worse,” Longo said.

The police chief said that Huguely and Love were in relationship at some point and that Huguely quickly became the focus. Longo would not detail the extent of Love’s injuries, but said there did not appear to be any weapons used in the slaying.

A steady stream of students preparing for finals later in the week wandered down the street that runs by the house where Love’s body was found. Drivers slowed down and pointed as they approached the building.

“Everybody’s kind of taking a wait-and-see approach,” said Drew Cook, a 22-year-old senior from Burke.

Cook said all he knew was what was included in an e-mail sent to the university community. He said suggestions from police that it could be a domestic incident and there were no other suspects didn’t ease tensions.

“Just to hear that anybody in the U.Va. community could be suspected of that, regardless of the relationship, does give you a sense of unease,” Cook said.

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