CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A senior on the Virginia men’s lacrosse team was charged Monday with the slaying of a fellow student on 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.
Huguely had been the starting quarterback, an honor roll student and a lacrosse all-American at the renowned Landon School.On the other hand Yeardley Love,had been a four-year member of the lacrosse and field hockey teams at Notre Dame Prep in Baltimore.
At some point, they had a romantic relationship. But early Monday, Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said Love’s roommate called police around 2:15 a.m. concerned that Love may have had an alcohol overdose,but was found dead inside her apartment, and a few hours later, Huguely was charged in her death.
Love was found by a roommate, Longo said, at their apartment about three blocks off campus in the 200 block of 14th Street NW. Huguely was found at his nearby apartment, questioned and arrested by about 9 a.m., Longo said. Huguely was being held in Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail and was scheduled for a bond hearing Tuesday.
At the Cockeysville, Md., home of Love’s family, a woman who answered the telephone Monday and identified herself as a designated spokesman said, “The family has no comment at this time.”
When reached by telephone, Huguely’s grandfather, George Huguely III, said: “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.”
Huguely and Love were scheduled to graduate later this month. Leonard Sandridge, executive vice president of the university, said the campus was saddened over Love’s death.
He added the shock is magnified by the fact that the accused is “one of our own,” he told reporters.
Those who knew Love from her days at Notre Dame Preparatory spoke warmly about the student, person and player.
“Yeardley was an outstanding young lady — joyous, spirited, a wonderful person,” said Sister Patricia McCarron, Notre Dame’s headmistress.
“I know we all enjoyed watching her on the lacrosse field and seeing her walk the hallways at NDP. We are proud to call Yeardley one of our girls.”
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
Suggestions it may have been a domestic situation did little to ease the anguish.
“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,” said Drew Cook, 22, of Burke, said.