UVa Lacrosse Player from Chevy Chase Suspected in Murder of Fellow Athlete

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There is some tragic news coming out of Charlottesville this afternoon. A senior lacrosse player, George Huguely, has been charged with first degree murder after a member of the women’s lacrosse team, 22-year-old Yeardley Love, was found dead early Monday morning. Hugely, also 22, attended the Landon School and is from Chevy Chase; reports indicate that there was some sort of relationship between the two in the past.

A portion of the statement from University of Virginia’s President, John Casteen, is below, and we wish the best for the families and university community as they recover from this news:

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, team-mates, 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.

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