Tragedy Strikes UVA
On Monday, May 3, University of Virginia lacrosse player, Yeardley Love, was found dead in her room facedown in her pillow. Her roommates called the police upon finding her, assuming that she may be passed out from alcohol. The police pronounced her dead, concluding that alcohol was not the cause. Her ex-boyfriend, fellow lacrosse player, George Huguely, is suspected of killing her.
Police report that on early Monday, Huguely kicked down her bedroom door and began to fight her. They had dated for months, but Love’s friends say that she had broken up with him several weeks before. Huguely, who has history of a bad temper, was not OK with the break up. Upon breaking into her room, he grabbed her, shook her, and then repeated to slam her head into a wall. He stole her computer where there was evidence of angry e-mails he had previously sent to her.
When Police arrived at Huguely’s apartment, he did not deny what had happened. He told the police that he had been “involved in an altercation” and admitted to shaking Love as her head hit the wall. He also admitted to taking her computer. Although he is not denying the fight, his lawyers report that he had no intention to kill. Police are hoping that the recovery of his e-mails will help them to determine whether there was intent or not.
The entire campus has been affected by this tragedy and the community of athletes is especially in shock. Other athletes describe how they all know each other and the thought of one of their own killing another is impossible to fathom. A candlelight vigil was held on Wednesday night in Love’s honor where President John Casteen spoke of the tragedy. As both lacrosse teams continue their seasons, they will never be the same and will never forget the time they spent with their team member, Yeardley Love.