At 2:15 a.m. on Monday, May 3, 2010 police were called to the off-campus apartment of Yeardley Love, 22, a member of the University of Virginia’s women’s lacrosse team, a team considered to be a promising contender to advance to the national semifinals of the NCAA tournament.
Love was found in her bed by her roommate as to what was described as a possible alcohol overdose, but witnesses reported that there was obvious physical trauma to her body.
Police in Charlottesville, Virginia have arrested a University of Virginia men’s lacrosse player, George Huguely, 22, and charged him with first-degree murder after searching his home from sufficient probable cause warrants. The men’s lacrosse team is ranked high nationally and is expected to be the first team in heading into this month’s NCAA tournament.
Police Chief Tim Longo said that the two previously had dated, but their current relationship status was unclear and that both were seniors expected to graduate this month.
Longo also reported that Charlottesville was normally a non-violent, quiet town with no reported murders in 2009. He added, “Charlottesville is just a wonderful place, kids from all over the country come here, the best and brightest, and these are two of them, two successful athletes.”