A men’s Varsity lacrosse player at the University of Virginia has been charged with killing a member of the women’s lacrosse team at the school, authorities said.
The victim has been identified as Yeardley Love, 22, a fourth-year student at the university, the Charlottesville police department said in a statement. Police said her body was discovered this morning at a 14th St. N..W. apartment.
“She suffered visible physical trauma, however the specific cause of death is undetermined pending an autopsy,” the statement said.
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George Huguely, a senior at UVA was arrested for the slaying and has been charged with first degree murder, police said. Huguely, also 22, plays for the men’s university’s lacrosse team. He is from Chevy Chase, Maryland, and was an All-American high school lacrosse player, according to the school.
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The victim and the suspect had a past relationship, the police said.
In a statement to the school community, UVA President John Casteen said “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. Like students who have contacted us in the last few minutes, we know no explanation of what appears now to have happened.”
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the police at 434-970-3970.
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