May 6, 2010

UVA: Investigation Sheds Light on Huguely's Past

from staff reports

After thousands of University of Virginia students held vigil for slain women's lacrosse player Yeardley Love, the investigation into her alleged killer, men's lacrosse player George Huguely, has shed an unfavorable light on his past.

Love, 22, was found dead in an off-campus house early Monday morning. Charlottesville police found evidence of physical trauma, including a pool of blood on her pillow and one of her eye's swollen shut. Huguely, her ex-boyfriend, was arrested shortly thereafter and according to an affidavit admitted to shaking Love and hitting her head repeatedly into a wall. Police found a crimson-stained shirt in a search of Huguely's off-campus apartment

Love's funeral is Saturday in Baltimore. Her Virginia teammates, who will make their anticipated NCAA tournament appearance despite the tragedy, will attend. The Cavaliers' men's lacrosse team will also play in the NCAA tournament and is expected to get a top seed when selections are announced Sunday.

Huguely remains in custody at Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, his hearing postponed until June. An ongoing police investigation into Huguely has revealed a prior arrest for an alcohol-related offense on the campus of Washington & Lee University, as well as an incident in which Huguely's own father filed a dometic abuse claim against him from the family's yacht off the coast of Florida.

Meanwhile, the national and global media continue to descend on the case, the campus and the sport of lacrosse, with some suggesting that Love's untimely death could have been prevented. Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell released a statement on the UVA slaying Thursday, vowing to arrange a meeting with UVA president John Casteen -- who made a moving speech during an on-campus vigil Wednesday -- to help prevent such crimes in the future.

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