TOWSON, Md. (CBS/AP) Friends, family, and teammates gathered Saturday to mourn and celebrate the life of slain University of Virginia lacrosse player Yeardley Love. The 90-minute funeral service was held in Baltimore at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen.
Throughout the ceremony, those close to Love could not believe that such a promising young life had ended so abruptly and so violently.
Despite the circumstances, Mary Logan, a family friend, said, "It was a wonderful tribute to a loving girl."Logan said that she "couldn't help but think: She's so young. She was only 22-years-old. We should have been here for a wedding not her funeral."
Some of the most meaningful words came from Love, herself, in an essay that she wrote for her freshman year at Notre Dame Prep in Baltimore.
The essay which was included in the funeral program said: "If I had to wish for three things in my life, they would be to go to University of Virginia for college, have a happy and healthy family when I grow up, and to always keep in touch and stay close with my family. So far my life has been filled with joy and happiness, and I hope to keep living my life that way."
Love's life was cut short when she was allegedly murdered by her ex-boyfriend George Huguely. Her body was discovered May 3 by police who had come to the UVA student's apartment thinking they were responding to an alcohol overdose; however, when police arrived they noticed Love's body had signs of physical trauma.
Within hours of the incident, Huguely was taken into custody and charged with first-degree murder.
Huguely told police that he and Love had an altercation in which he shook Love and her head repeatedly hit the wall. The investigation is still underway, but police have reportedly recovered a red-stained UVA lacrosse shirt, Love's computer, and numerous pieces of evidence from Huguely's apartment.
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