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Posted at 9:21 AM ET, 05/ 4/2010

Huguely came from prominent family

By Washington Post editors

George Huguely V, the U-Va. student accused of killing a female lacrosse player at the university hails from a family that helped build the Washington area, the Washington Examiner reports.

For nearly 100 years, the Huguelys have supplied lumber and construction supplies to area builders, homeowners and government agencies. George W. Huguely Sr. co-founded Galliher & Huguely in Northwest Washington in 1912 before buying out his partner in 1929.

Friends described the Huguelys as prominent in the Bethesda community, but private. The family once owned an estate on the South River in Annapolis that since has been developed into the swanky Fishing Creek Farm. The Huguelys also own a home in Manalapan, Fla., a small beachside community in Palm Beach County.




By Washington Post editors  | May 4, 2010; 9:21 AM ET
 
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When I read that they helped build the Washington area, I was expecting something more substantial than supplying lumber and construction materials. But, you're right ... they quite literally helped to build the Washington area. Too bad their kid is a murderer.

Posted by: Mike40 | May 4, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Mike40: He's been charged and not convicted.

Wait a few months.

Posted by: bs2004 | May 4, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Shouldn't it read, He comes from a prominent family? Why the past tense? He is still alive.

Posted by: ropa23 | May 4, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

money money money,
i'm sure this was just a tragic accident
and there is no reason to destroy two lives, I'm sure a few million will quiet
things done.

these are not the drones you are looking for.....

Posted by: simonsays1 | May 4, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

The Morning Show hinted she had been strangled, and it has been reported there were obvious signs of violence. Accident? Why did he leave the scene? Tell that to her parents.

Maybe he came to the university as a student from a prominent family. He has bigger problems than verbs.

Posted by: Tanda121 | May 4, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

ropa23, I agree.

What happened to proofreading and editing before publishing?

It's not just the Washington Post--CNN Online, Fox News Online, etc...none of these media companies seem to be editing before publishing anymore.

Posted by: ratclca1 | May 4, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

He is also related to the Camalier family who have alot of money. In the 2007 washington wealth list they are listed as have a worth of over 100 million dollars.

Posted by: soccerplaya123 | May 4, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

He is also related to the Camalier family who have alot of money. In the 2007 washington wealth list they are listed as having a worth of over 100 million dollars.

Posted by: soccerplaya123 | May 4, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

I hope you have a strong stomach, Washington/Bal. This is going to get disgusting and ugly. His family is rich. They won't be disgraced by one little lacrosse girl's death. This will be an ugly trial. The lawyer is already trying to pretend that this was just a misunderstanding and "accident." How disgusting and it's only been a day.

Posted by: FiatBooks | May 4, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

who cares what his family has done or who they are. let this kid rot in jail

Posted by: yoooooooo | May 4, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

To the morons that think money will get him off, please for the love of god GET A F-ING CLUE. The kid has already admitted, IN A SWORN STATEMENT, to the beating that caused her death. He will not "get off" you morons. Stop b****ing about other people having money, perhaps if you bust your butt and have some smarts and talent, one day you will have a piece of the riches you pathetically envy while despising other people for having.

Posted by: Barno1 | May 4, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

To the morons that think money will get him off, please for the love of god GET A F-ING CLUE. The kid has already admitted, IN A SWORN STATEMENT, to the beating that caused her death. He will not "get off" you morons. Stop b****ing about other people having money, perhaps if you bust your butt and have some smarts and talent, one day you will have a piece of the riches you pathetically envy while despising other people for having.


Actually, Barno1, JUST because he admitted to killing her, doesn't mean that he is necessaily going to jail. Lawyers are VERY crafty these days, and they will find the slightest tecnicality to use to have the admission thrown out. I mean that is what they get paid thousands to do. Maybe you shouldn't bash people for NOT having money, because if you were all that smart and educated and well-versed, then you would know that this case will not be black and white...

Posted by: jleary1 | May 4, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

What relevance does this have to this case?

Posted by: OhBrother67 | May 4, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

"What relevance does this have to this case?"

Legally, none.

Realistically, EVERYTHING.

Posted by: UptightCitizensBrigade | May 4, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Barno 1 --You cannot be serious. You really believe that the people with money and power in this country with access to the most expensive crininal defense lawyers fare no better in our legal system than those with no money who use a public defender? Right, like OJ Simpson wouldn't have gotten away with murder if he hadn't been defended by Johnnie Cochran et al. It's not about envying people with money. It's about inequities in our legal system. Get a clue.

Posted by: blanche52 | May 4, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Touchy, eh Barno? Hmmmm ... that's some pretty insane denial of yours. Nobody's claiming the guy has a good chance of walking free but if you cannot admit wealth and influence don't affect legal outcomes, you're insane.

What I want to know is, how can someone claim "it was an accident" after brutalizing another person who is quite obviously much smaller and weaker. The intended outcome (which was what? "teach her a lesson by smashing her repeatedly into a wall?) means quite little.

Posted by: scrappledog | May 4, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

If the UVA Lacrosse team does play in the tournament I hope every team they face beats the cr@p out the UVA players. Hit hard, hit often! It's clear this brat felt no one should tell him no and he should get whatever he wants. What failures his entire family is for not bringing this kid up right!

Posted by: Reganeau | May 4, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

He deserves the death penalty for his vicious crime. He is a monster. How could he do something like that to this beautiful girl ! He murdered her. Whoever he is, only the capital punishment make him good.

Posted by: maxxies | May 4, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

He will get life without the possibilty of parole for a vicious murder like this and he should, this was not an accident but crime committed when he decided if i can't have you then nobody else will.

Posted by: dargregmag | May 4, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Let's put our opinions aside and focus on what really matters here: a girl is tragically and senselessly dead. Opinions aside, this is what matters most. So say a prayer, think of her family, and leave the bulls*hit to the papers and the lawyers.

Posted by: eagle5656 | May 4, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Well, yeah, smarts and talent can make you rich but having the smarts and talent to be born into the right circumstances probably helps more. Like this kid.

Posted by: ronjaboy | May 5, 2010 6:44 AM | Report abuse

It looks like he has confessed to the violence that caused her death. A death his lawyer is calling "accidental." He no longer comes from a prominent family because he belongs to the state now, in jail as a strong suspect in a murder, facing due process.

If found guilty, he will continue to belong to the state as a prisoner.

Posted by: mtw0310 | May 5, 2010 7:18 AM | Report abuse

One thing you can say for Virginia, however, is they do occasionally, not so often as before, but occasionally, execute one of these monsters. Probably won't happen in this case, yeah, the lawyer will lie, come up with any and all kinda 'technicalities' and the result will be less than a conviction for murder one with a death sentence. Reminds me of the Chambers case, another no good monster, brutally murdered the girlfriend in Central Park (said they enjoyed 'rough sex'). He was out of jail after a few years, then right back in trouble for drugs. Guess he's back in the slammer for a short while, will prob be out again soon. Some are incorrigible, should be executed, the sooner the better. May the prosector do a good job here, let's hope.

Posted by: MikeBDan | May 5, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

One thing you can say for Virginia, however, is they do occasionally, not so often as before, but occasionally execute one of these monsters. Probably won't happen in this case, yeah, the lawyer will lie, come up with any and all kinda 'technicalities' and the result will be less conviction for murder one with a death sentence. Reminds me of the Chambers case, another no good monster, brutally murdered the girlfriend in Central Park (said they enjoyed 'rough sex'). He was out of jail after a few years, then right back in trouble for drugs. Guess he's back in a short while again. Some are incorrigible, should be executed, the sooner the better. May the prosector do a good job here, let's hope.

Posted by: MikeBDan | May 5, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Tragic accident?

This kid is like the Kennedy cousin, Skakal. Fortunately, Skakal finally is paying for his sins and keeps losing his appeals.

The attorney for George V will be crafty because he is paid to find a way out for this arrogant prep school boy. I can make that statement because I am a prep school product; however, my parents stressed humility. Unfortunately , I know this guy's party boy personality all too well.

Another tragic alcohol induced rage. Once the district attorney’s office digs into the family background I suspect they may find evidence of alcohol abuse in other family members.

Drinking by prep school kids starts early, after all Mommy and Daddy always party with their friends, therefore they do not notice their children's alcohol and drug induced behavior. If they do notice it is never addressed just excused by the parents.

Because the parents may have excused their son's past bad behavior they have not only sentenced their son to jail, but to the very unpleasant life he will experience in prison as a young good looking inmate.

Very sad for the victim’s family, they lost a beautiful daughter.

Posted by: BlufftonMan | May 5, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

He has a violent criminal record already. Sounds like your standard-issue sense of entitlement rich kid. Maybe we should be profiling these types. From today's NY Times:

In November 2008, he was arrested near a fraternity house not far from the campus of Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Va., for public swearing, intoxication and resisting arrest. The arresting officer, R..L. Moff, said she needed to use a Taser to subdue him. She said Huguely threatened to “kill everyone” at the police department.

“He was by far the most rude, most hateful and most combative college kid I ever dealt with,” Officer Moff said in a telephone interview.

Posted by: latichever | May 5, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

I've known George, for a long time. The majority of the kids who ran in our social circles lived more comfortably and more privileged than the average kid. It's hard for me to swallow that this funny and outgoing kid that I know could be the perpetrator of this heinous crime. The outcome is such a tragic loss. What I have a difficult time understanding is why the media and the public is so fascinated by his wealth as if it has something to do with the crime.(should it really matter?) This will certainly be an uphill battle for George, and his defense team. Fortunately, in this country...innocent until proven guilty, I guess having all that money does come in handy when needing to hire the best attorney around. I pray for both families during this devastating time.

Posted by: Taylor1987 | May 6, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

For those of you saying "his wealth doesn't matter, he admitted he did it:"

The issue is not that we think someone will find him innocent. The issue is that a big family more concerned about protecting its little darling than justice being served can buy the best of the best lawyers. That lawyer can argue convincingly that this was some one-off fluke when little darling-poo got all angry-wangry.

What we don't like about this is that it looks very much to us like he was abusive to the woman he killed. If that's so, this wasn't some weird event, but completely to be expected. Whether he meant for her to die or not, brutal violence is simply *what abusers do* when they feel their absolute control over their victims are threatened.

There's a difference between a rich twit (I roomed with one when I was in grad school for a while; truly lovely person, just overly enamored of plastic surgery, ridiculously expensive spa treatments, and bratty dogs) and a rich twit who abuses and hides behind "I'm just a rich twit! That's why I said I'd kill everyone! It's just my twittitude. I had no idea she might *die* from me strangling her! *pouts adorably*"

Posted by: amm72 | May 7, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Barno1 YOU have anger issues. In regards to this: There are already enought witnesses that this young man was drunk before he went to Love's apt. He also had told friends he was going to "get her back". He went to the apartment angry and obsessed to get her back and instead freaked when she rejected him. Drunk, passion, can cause significant deficits in regard to "impulse" control. This young man did not "plan" to murder her. Furthermore, he was not in his right mind "chemically" for many reasons when she died. So I do not believe he should get Murder 1. As far as him getting off for being from a rich family. That doesn't always work. Alot will depend on the jury.

Posted by: brea1 | May 7, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Regardless of what some of you may feel on here. Success, Money, Looks, Family Influence and Prestige DO NOT entitle you to more legal rights. If this were a poor black or hispanic, he would rot in jail. NO matter what ANY of you think, working harder in life does not earn you more freedom or a "get out of jail free card". IT IS THIS ATTITUDE THAT COST THIS GIRL HER LIFE... So people like you are to blame: enablers, snobs, self-righteous souls. GROW UP. MURDER IS MURDER, maybe it isnt first degree, as I said in my earlier post, but it is MURDER. No matter what your wallet has in it, we are all EQUAL.

Posted by: brea1 | May 7, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

The reason his wealth matters, is that a poor kid's family wouldn't have the resources to have his previous acts excused and ignored; a middle class kid's family wouldn't have had the mentality to excuse or gloss over his acts.

He is where he is because his family ignored warning signs of an out of control young man. Money lets you do that.

Brea1, the courts have consistently shown that being drunk might get you off a count of premeditated murder, but it doesn't get you off from a murder in the second degree conviction. Many people get drunk. Not that many get violent to the point of killing someone.

Posted by: missyb1 | May 7, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Taylor, The role of money is not only in the determination of his innocence or lack thereof... The money's role was to get him off of all that he has been caught doing and development of his feelings of entitlement. It appears that there has been little accountability for his actions. The idea of his having nannies and rich parents. Sounds like they have not really had time for him and have not parented him appropriately. He needed to get his butt kicked by his parents for an attitude adjustment. Think this kid has had much therapy. I bet not...and there is good reason that he should have.

I am sorry to hear what someone said earlier but I do bet they will indeed work to shred Yeardley and try to get his case taken care of....no matter the cost to whoever ...

Posted by: zephyrjude | May 8, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Just go to Maryland Judiciary Case Search and look up George's Dad.........and now you know why this kid has a sense of entitlement. His father has skated thru the judicial system and it will be expected that George the Fifth do the same.
Too bad Ms. Love had to die to bring out the bad actors in this family.

Posted by: ltdcfd | May 8, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Instead of spending money to keep bailing George out of his troubles, George's parents would have been much better off spending the money on substance abuse programs, anger-management tools, and gender sensitive training. That would have taken a lot of honesty and courage. It would have probably saved Love's life, too.

Posted by: newsjunkie56 | May 9, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Instead of spending money to keep bailing George out of his troubles, George's parents would have been much better off spending the money on substance abuse programs, anger-management tools, and gender sensitive training. That would have taken a lot of honesty and courage. It would have probably saved Love's life, too.

Posted by: newsjunkie56 | May 9, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Let's get real here. This story is making the headlines because the people involved are White, good-looking, rich. This guy is a spoiled brat who has some sense of entitlement. If he (as well as the victim) had been poor, less than beautiful.....the story would hit the back page and then disappear off the radar.

Posted by: MissLindy | May 10, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

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