May 3, 2010

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UVA Lax Player Dead; Another in Custody

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* UVA Lax Player Dead; Another in Custody
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* Cavaliers Play on as Murder Case Unfolds
* Cloud Envelops Virginia Lacrosse
* New Evidence; President Speaks
* Huguely's Mother Speaks
* Investigation Sheds Light on Huguely's Past
* Vigil Starts UVA Students Toward Atonement
* Photos: Yeardley Love Vigil in Charlottesville
* Huguely Not Only One Facing Trial
* Cavs Cope with Their One Love: Lacrosse
* Lots of Love in Virginia's NCAA Tournament Win
* Wahoos' Wild Win Sends Them to Final Four
* For First Time, Virginia's Starsia at a Loss
* Judge Moves Huguely Hearing to January

University of Virginia men's lacrosse player George Huguely has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Virginia women's lacrosse player Yeardley Love, according to Charlottesville police and as first reported by The Daily Progress.

Officials have not determined a cause of death, but Love's body, which was found early Monday morning at a 14th Street Northwest apartment, showed signs of physical trauma. Police were called to the scene for a possible alcohol overdose and were unsuccessful in attempts to revive Love, according to a statement.

Investigations are ongoing.

"Police are treating the case as a homicide investigation at this time," the statement said.

Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo told The Associated Press that Love's roommate called police around 2:15 a.m. The roommate, he said, believed she might have overdosed on alcohol, but when police arrived, "it was quickly apparent to them that this young lady was the victim of something far worse."

Huguely was then found at his apartment, questioned and arrested at around 6 a.m., Longo said.

In its own statement, the university said it would support and cooperate with any police investigations.

"Obviously, we take the death of any student very seriously," the statement said.

Huguely, 22, is in the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail. Witnesses told police Huguely and Love, also 22, had been in a relationship.

Both lacrosse players are from Maryland. Huguely, of Chevy Chase and a Landon School graduate, has played in 15 games this season for the top-ranked Cavaliers, registering four goals and three assists. Love, of Cockeysville and a Notre Dame Prep graduate, also played in 15 games this season, starting three for the fourth-ranked UVA women. Both teams' regular seasons have concluded, with each expected to be seeded in their respective NCAA tournaments when the fields are announced Sunday.

When asked how the death would affect the upcoming tournament, Virginia athletic director Craig Littlepage told the AP it was "not even entering into our thoughts," but that for the players' sake the university wanted to "try to get back to some things that are normal."

The Washington Post contacted the Cockeysville home of Love's family. According to a Post report, a woman answered the phone Monday afternoon, identified herself as a designated spokesman and said, "The family has no comment at this time."

The Post also contacted Huguely's grandfather, George Huguely III, who told the newspaper: "He was a wonderful child and he was going to graduate. Hopefully he will be graduating. That's all I can tell you, okay? I'm sorry."

The university also posted a statement from President John T. Casteen III about Love’s death and Huguely’s arrest. It reads, in part: “Although we know nothing other than what appears in the Charlottesville Police Department’s more recent statement, this death moves us to deep anguish for the loss of a student of uncommon talent and promise, and we express the University’s and our own sympathy for Yeardley’s family, teammates and friends. That she appears now to have been murdered by another student compounds this sense of loss by suggesting that Yeardley died without comfort or consolation from those closest to her. We mourn her death and feel anger on reading that the investigators believe that another student caused it."

Mary Bartel, who coached Love in lacrosse at Notre Dame Prep in Towson, Md., told the Associated Press, "Yeardley was the core of the personality of the team. She was our laughter, a good soul."

Huguely was interviewed by the Washington Post in 2006, shortly after allegations of sexual assault and racist behavior were made against members of the Duke men's lacrosse team. Charges against three Duke players were dropped.

"I sympathize for the team," Huguely told the Post at the time. "They've been scrutinized so hard and no one knows what has happened yet. In this country, you're supposed to be innocent until proven guilty. I think that's the way it should be."

Police spokesman Gary Pleasants told Bloomberg that Huguely will have a bond hearing Tursday in the General District Court. The hearing can be done via teleconference without moving Huguely from the jail, Pleasants said.

The spokesman wouldn’t say how authorities connected Huguely to the murder. He said police are awaiting an autopsy of Love to determine the cause of death and will continue to gather evidence.

Check back to Lacrosse Magazine Online for more details as they unfold in this story.

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Links:

* Virginia Athletic Department Reactions; Biographical Sketches (USA Today)
* UVA Lax Player George Huguely Charged in Yeardley Love's Death (Washington Post)
* Virginia Lacrosse Player Charged in Girlfriend Death (Bloomberg)
* Virginia Lacrosse Player Charged in Athlete's Slaying (Associated Press)
* Yeardley Love Found Dead; George Huguely Charged with Murder (Daily News)
* Virginia Lacrosse Player Yeardley Love Slain, Fellow Player Charged (ABC)
* UVA Lacrosse Player Dead; Another in Custody (Charlottesville Daily Progress)
* University of Virginia Statement
* Cockeysville Woman, 22, Killed at UVa. (Baltimore Sun)
* UVa. Lacrosse Player Charged with Murder (Washington Post)
* UVa. Men's Lacrosse Player Accused of Killing Women's Player (Roanoke Times)


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