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UPDATED: U-Va. president Casteen to meet with McDonnell on lacrosse player killing

Rosalind Helderman

University of Virginia President John Casteen and other university leaders plan to meet with Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) in coming days to discuss possible changes to the law in the wake of the killing of a female lacrosse player and the arrest of a male lacrosse player in connection with her death. Casteen has said university officials did not know that senior George Huguely had been previously charged with an alcohol-related offense off-campus.

The Post reported today that eight players on the lacrosse team had faced such charges while in school; state law does not require that university officials be alerted to criminal charges of students.

Late Wednesday, McDonnell answered questions from reporters about the case. He said his office is in touch with state police and local authorities as the investigation continues. He also said he has not spoken with Yeardley Love's family but said he often does speak with family members of victims in such cases and suggested he might do so here.

"It's a terrible tragedy, two young people who are good students, athletes," McDonnell said. "Until the investigation is complete, the system of justice has to take it course. Obviously, there's the presumption of innocence in all these cases. It's an ongoing investigation, so I shouldn't comment futher."

UPDATED: We have just received the following new statement from McDonnell about the situation at the University of Virginia:

The Governor's thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Yeardley Love, and the entire University of Virginia community as they struggle with this horrible tragedy. Yeardley Love was a young woman of terrific talent and promise; her innocent young life was taken far too soon. While there are no words that can properly convey the sadness and pain that so many are going through, it is heartening to witness the positive way in which the student body of U-Va. has come together to remember Yeardley Love, mourn her passing and help each other through this difficult time. We are reaching out today to President Casteen to arrange a personal meeting with the Governor. The Governor wants to study and fully consider every possible idea that could help prevent such a senseless crime from taking place in the future. He looks forward to hearing the President's insights and thoughts on the issue.

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By Rosalind Helderman  |  May 6, 2010; 8:29 AM ET
Categories:  Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  | Tags: Bob McDonnell, University of Virginia, Yeardley Love  
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How about legislation to prevent suspected terrorists from buying guns and explosives in Virginia as well.

Posted by: liveride | May 6, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

If the Governor wants to really make a profound point about this senseless murder, he ought to push for the death penalty for the perpetrator, a white, privileged fellow from a deeply Republican family. Despite his attorneys nonsense, he was clear headed enough to take her computer and possibly other items, according to reports. And where is the news on what type of students they were and what they were studying--no one cares about lacrosse.

Posted by: habari2 | May 7, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

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