NEW YORK (CBS) George Huguely is accused of the vicious murder of UVA lacrosse player Yeardley Love, but CBS NEWS spoke to Chevy Chase, Md. resident Peter Preston, who has known the Huguely family for 20 years, and who describes the allegations against George Huguely as unlike the young man he knows.
"George is terrifically polite, full of life, very friendly. He was always one of those young kids who had no problem talking to adults," said Preston. "He's a very gifted lacrosse player, had so much going for him. The tragedy is just enormous."
Preston's sons grew up playing with Huguely, although they went on to attend different high schools and colleges.
"We've spoken to the family, they're appreciative we're concerned...but all the news makes George to be monster. That isn't him. Some other spirit must have taken over him."
According to court documents, police say that Huguely admitted to kicking down Love's door, and shaking Love during an altercation that allegedly led to her death Monday morning. Additionally, while in custody for the murder of Love, a report surfaced saying Huguely had been arrested and convicted in 2008 for a drunken altercation between him and a female police officer who felt so threatened she tasered Huguely.
Preston said he wanted the public to know that, even if the allegations are true, "that's one quarter of one percent of the kid's deepest darkest personality, but 99% of him is just a son everyone would love to have."
"I can't tell you how tragic this is - for both families, Yeardley and George's," said Preston. "I just can't imagine, can't imagine trying to live with this."
Additional Reporting by Joy Lin of CBS News/The Early Show.
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