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Posted at 2:28 PM ET, 05/ 3/2010

U-Va. student charged in Love's slaying

By Washington Post editors


A University of Virginia men's lacrosse player from Chevy Chase and the Landon School has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a women's lacrosse player at the school, Crime Scene reports.

George Huguely. (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post)

George Huguely, 22, is charged with killing Yeardley Love, also 22, of Cockeysville, Md., police said. Both are seniors.

Yeardley Love. (Courtesy of

Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo said officers responded to a call at about 2:15 Monday morning for a possible alcohol oversdose at Love's apartment but once there "the obvious physical trauma to her" led them to start a homicide investigation. He declined to say what the nature of the injuries were.

Longo said police have no other suspects in the case.

UVa. lacrosse player charged with murder
12:42 p.m.

A University of Virginia lacrosse player from Chevy Chase, Md. has been charged with first degree murder in the death of a fellow student and lacrosse player, The Daily Progress reports.

George Huguely, 22, has been charged in the death of Yeardley Love, also 22, of Cockeysville, Md.

Police have not determined a cause of death, but Love's body showed physical trauma.

Huguely and Love are both fourth-year students, Huguely played on the mens team; Love played on the women's team.

Huguely attended the Landon School in Bethesda, where he also played lacrosse. He was interviewed by the Post in 2006, shortly after allegations of sexual assault and racist behavior were made against members of Duke University's men's lacrosse team. Five of Duke's players that year had graduated from Landon.

All charges against Duke's team members were dropped.

"I sympathize for the team," Huguely said of the Duke players. "They've been scrutinized so hard and no one knows what has happened yet. In this country, you're supposed to be innocent until proven guilty. I think that's the way it should be."

Neither Robinson Bordley, the Landon School's lacrosse and football coach, nor Drew Johnson, the school's athletic director, were made available to comment, according to Post reporter Steve Yanda. A Landon communications officer said no one at the school would have any comment on Huguely until the criminal investigation had run its course.

Phone messages left at the respective residences of Marta Murphy and George Hughley III, Huguely's mother and father, were not immediately returned.

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By Washington Post editors  | May 3, 2010; 2:28 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland, Virginia  | Tags:  Chevy Chase, Lacrosse, University of Virginia  
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Crime happens everywhere and is committed by everyone even at the elite schools.

Posted by: rlj1 | May 3, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Where are all of the racist comments now...

Posted by: Gtown10 | May 3, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Maybe it's because it happened in Charlottesville, but I find it very odd that the official police statement said both were lacrosse players, instead of just students at Virginia...seems inconsequential, if only to stir up additional media

Posted by: dahx4 | May 3, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

No racist comments here Gtown10... no blacks involved to make it worth Al Sharpton's time.

Posted by: rg019571 | May 3, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

No racist comments here Gtown10... no blacks involved to make it worth Al Sharpton's time.

Posted by: rg019571
and we wouldn't want him to interrupt his perm time...

but on a serious note,this is tragic and sad. two lives lost....

Posted by: Gtown10 | May 3, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Gtown10 playing the race card and this has nothing to do with you. Find something better to do with your time instead of commenting on the death of someone you don't even know. You should be worried about yourself and not other people. By the sounds of it you have a problem with white people which would make you racist and just as bad. Lack of character and nothing going on yourself. Very sad.

Posted by: hello15 | May 3, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Physical trauma resulting in a death/homicide charges often means stabbing. What a tragedy for this young girl's family.

Posted by: momo1tx | May 3, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

How horrible. 22, means she was probably a senior about to graduate college, enthusiastic about the life ahead of her.

Posted by: EI83 | May 3, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Landon School graduated this guy, along with his other la cross players who were charged first with beating a gay couple couple in Georgetown and then two years later with rape. What's going on at Landon. And why are they an all-boys school and yet not religious and still don't allow girls or gays to apply. Isn't this non-American?

Posted by: pharrington | May 4, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Cockeysville? Must be a small town.

He is an abuser who lost it....and the beautiful young girl paid with her life.

He's a scum. Don't care how rich his folks are.

Everyone who cares about either of them will suffer for the rest of their lives.

Posted by: samsparks23 | May 4, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

You can hardly call beating a girl's head into a wall until she is dead an accident, which is what his lawyers are calling it. I hope he goes to prison for a long, long time.

Posted by: Angelbmw | May 6, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

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