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Yeardley Love Update: University of Virginia women's lacrosse team retires slain teammate's jersey

Yeardley Love UVA Media Relations

Yeardley Love
Yeardley Love
UVA Media Relations

(CBS/AP) CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The University of Virginia women's lacrosse team retired the #1 jersey worn by former teammate Yeardley Love, who 10 months ago was found dead in her apartment less than two weeks prior to graduation.

PICTURES: Yeardley Love Murdered; George Huguely Charged

Relatives, friends and fans gathered at Klockner Stadium Sunday before the Cavaliers took on Penn State in the NCAA tournament,  to celebrate the dreams Love fulfilled both on and off the field.

Love's teammates presented her mother, Sharon Love, and her sister with a commemorative jersey, and raised a flag bearing her name and number which will fly in Love's honor at all U.Va. women's lacrosse home games, reports The Washington Post.

"In our hearts, we know this is what Yeardley would want us to focus on," Debbie McChesney, Sharon Love's sister, told The Washington Post. "This would make her happy. We are spending our time looking forward to the future and trying to bring some good out of this."

Five players from the Class of 2010 joined Love's family on the field, but the ceremony was bittersweet.

"She was so much more than lacrosse, but it's hard not to come back to Charlottesville and see our coach and the other players without thinking of Yeardley," Brittany Kalkstein told The Washington Post.

George Huguely, Love's then ex-boyfriend and fellow U. Va. lacrosse player, is charged with her murder. Police say Huguely shook Love repeatedly while her head hit the wall.

Police say he told them that he saw blood dripping from Love's nose before he pushed her back down on her bed, stole her computer, which contained e-mails exchanged between the two, and fled.

Huguely has been in solitary confinement in a Charlottesville jail for the past ten months while awaiting an April 21 hearing.

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