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UVA Lacrosse Death: George Huguely's Mother Says Yeardley Love Was "Wonderful"

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RICHMOND, Va. (CBS/AP) Despite her "devastation and confusion," the mother of George Huguely, the former University of Virginia lacrosse player accused of murder, has now commented on the death of Yeardley Love.

PICTURES: Yeardley Love Murdered; George Huguely Charged

Marta Murphy, mother of George Huguely, is the first family member to offer a public statement regarding the May 3 incident that allegedly occurred between her son and Love.

In a statement received by The Washington Post, Murphy said it has been "difficult to remain silent during this dark and tumultuous time" and although her "pain is great, it will never come close to the anguish felt by the Love family."

The mother of the 22-year-old accused murderer had gotten to know Love and described her as a "sweet wonderful young woman with a limitless future."

She admits that along with her family and everyone else she is trying to "cope as best we can" with the tragedy, but remains "devastated and confused."

Murphy has also met Love's mother Sharon and has apologized on behalf of her family for the loss of Love. She stated that "No parent should have to bury a child and not a moment goes by when they are not in our thoughts and our prayers."

In addition to asking that the public allow her family to grieve privately, she has also asked that people understand her position as a mother: she loves her son. Both she and George's father "will support George in whatever way we can - just as any mother or father would do for their child."

Murphy's son, George Huguely, is charged with first-degree murder in the killing of his former girlfriend Yeardley Love. Love's body was found in her apartment by her roommate and another friend.

Police say when they arrived, Love's body had obvious signs of physical trauma.  She was reportedly found face down in a pool of blood, her face bruised, and her right eye swollen. Police questioned Huguely, who allegedly waived his rights and admitted to police that he and Love had an altercation. According to court documents, he admitted to police that he broke down her door, shook her and said that her head hit the wall several times.

While his client remains in custody with no bond, Huguely's attorney has called the incident a tragic accident and has declined to comment further.

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PICTURES: Yeardley Love Murdered; George Huguely Charged

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  • Caroline Black

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