Mother of UVa’s lacrosse player murder suspect speaks up

BALTIMORE, MD -- 5/7/10 -- Pall bears carry the casket of Yeardley Reynolds Love into the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen for the funeral service, which hundreds of mourners attended. Love was the University of Virginia lacrosse player who was found dead in the bedroom of her Charlottesville apartment early Monday. Her boy friend George Huguely, also a lacrosse player at University of Virginia, has been charged with first-degree murder.
Marta Murphy, mother of 22-year-old George Huguely, e-mailed a statement to the news media Tuesday.

“It has been difficult to remain silent during this dark, tumultuous time,” she wrote. “Along with my family, I am devastated and confused. We are all trying to understand and cope as best we can.”

“I got to know her as George’s mom,” Murphy wrote of Love. “We also know her mother, Sharon. The pain she and her family are suffering is something that no family should ever have to endure. No parent should have to bury a child and not a moment goes by when they are not in our thoughts and our prayers.”

“On behalf of our family, I want to express how deeply saddened we are by Yeardley’s loss. Also as a mother, I hope that people can understand that both George’s father and I love our son. We will support George in whatever way we can — just as any mother or father would do for their child.

As a person of faith, I continue to pray for the Love family, for Yeardley’s friends and, for my son George. We continue to grieve and try to cope with this tragedy and hope our need to do so in private and out of public view will be respected.”

Love’s family has made no public comments.

Murphy and Huguely’s father, George Huguely IV, have been divorced since 1998. She said that she and Huguely’s father “will support George in whatever way [they] can — just as any mother or father would do for their child.”

Love’s Saturday funeral brought out thousands of mourners. Huguely remains in jail. His next court date is June 10.

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