Yeardley Love

Obituary
  • "I miss her so much. Words can not describe how much pain..."
    - Grace O.
  • "Thoughts and prayers for your family "
  • "Sharon and Lexi, I don't know you but I have followed the..."
    - Ann
  • "love and courage to the family"
  • "I am so sorry for your loss. I hope for justice for this..."
    - Lisa Blackburn

Yeardley Love (AP Photo)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Yeardley Love was entering the best time of her life.

The woman from Cockeysville, Md., who said she always dreamed of playing lacrosse at Virginia, was only weeks from earning a degree and she and her teammates were expecting to end their season by winning a national championship.

It ended Monday morning when Love was found dead in her apartment.

Hours later, police took George Huguely, a senior on the Cavaliers men's lacrosse team, into custody, charging him with first-degree murder. They gave no details of how the 22-year-old died, or why, but said the two had been in a relationship at some point.

Love's body was to be taken to Richmond for an autopsy, Longo said.

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

As the news trickled throughout campus, a steady stream of students preparing for finals later in the week wandered down the apartment-lined street where Love's body was found. Drivers slowed down and pointed as they approached the building.

Leonard Sandridge, executive vice president of the university, told reporters the campus was saddened, and that the pain is magnified because the accused is "one of our own."

The lacrosse teams met at least once during the day, but lacrosse players and school officials declined repeatedly to comment during the day, referring to a school statement.

Love was "described as an angel by teammates and friends," athletic director Craig Littlepage said.

She played varsity lacrosse and field hockey for four years at Notre Dame Preparatory School in Baltimore, and was recalled as an outstanding and wonderful person , said Sister Patricia McCarron, headmistress of the school.

"Yeardley was the core of the personality of the team. She was our laughter, a good soul. She always found an appropriate way to lighten things up," said Mary Bartel, who coached lacrosse at Notre Dame Prep. "I don't think there is a soul in this building who couldn't say her name without smiling. Yeardley loved NDP, and NDP loved her. She was a good soul and an outstanding athlete."

University president John Casteen said in a release on the university's website that Love "deserved the bright future she earned growing up, studying here, and developing her talents as a lacrosse player," he said. "She deserves to be remembered for her human goodness, her capacity for future greatness, and for the terrible way in which her young life has ended."




Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press
bullet 2010 bullet Sports
Search Obituaries & Guest Books
You are searching
Search
Powered by Legacy.com