George Huguely Charged in UVA Lacrosse Death

May 4, 2010 Updated: May 4, 2010

University Of Virginia lacrosse player George Huguely was arrested by Charlottesville Police Monday, under suspicion of the murder of female lacrosse player Yeardley Love. She was found dead in her campus apartment Monday.

Yeardley Love played for University Of Virginia’s female lacrosse team and was found dead in her apartment. Love was a 22 year-old, fourth year student from Maryland.

“Preliminary investigation by detectives revealed that Ms. Love is the victim of an apparent homicide. She suffered visible physical trauma, however the specific cause of death is undetermined pending an autopsy,” Charlottesville Police, who are handling the case, said in a statement.

According to police, George Huguely is a senior at the University of Virginia who plays for the UVA men’s lacrosse team. Police are charging him with first degree murder, noting that Huguely and Love had a past relationship, according to witnesses. Huguely is in custody at the Charlottesville jail.

The University Of Virginia is suggesting campus counseling visits for any students grieving over the loss of their classmate, given the brutal nature of the killing.

“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," read a statement on the University Of Virginia website.

"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."

Any students or residents from the University Of Virginia area that have any information about the murder, Huguely, or Love are encouraged to contact Charlottesville Police Sergeant Mark Brake at 434-970-3970 or the local Crime Stoppers hotline at 434-977-4000.