Yeardley Love Murder: Fellow UVA Lacrosse Player George Huguely Charged

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George Huguley and Yeardley Love (UVA Media Relations)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS/WTVR/AP) Charlottesville Police have charged 22-year-old University of Virginia student George Huguely with first-degree murder in the death of another UVA student, 22-year-old Yeardley Love, reports WTVR.

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Early Monday morning at approximately 2:15 a.m., Charlottesville Police were called to a 14th St. N.W. apartment for a possible alcohol overdose. Unfortunately, when officers arrived on the scene, the female student, Yeardley Love, was unresponsive. Police called Rescue personnel to the scene, but their attempts to revive Love were unsuccessful, says the Charlottesville Police Department.

Police say preliminary investigation by detectives revealed that Love is the victim of an apparent homicide. She suffered visible physical trauma, however the specific cause of her death is undetermined pending an autopsy.

Police say Love and Huguely were fourth year students and members of the school's men's and women's lacrosse teams. They also say Huguely who hails from Chevy Chase, Md., and Love from Cockeysville, Md., had a past relationship with one another, but have not detailed the circumstances of this morning's incident, says WTVR.

The President of the University, John T. Casteen, issued a message to the campus community regarding the death of the university's student and the ongoing investigation: "...this death moves us to deep anguish for the loss of a student of uncommon talent and promise, and we express the University's and our own sympathy for Yeardley's family, team-mates, and friends."

"That she appears now to have been murdered by another student compounds this sense of loss by suggesting that Yeardley died without comfort or consolation from those closest to her. We mourn her death and feel anger on reading that the investigators believe that another student caused it."

Casteen also urged students to heed the safety precautions set forth by the Charlottesville Police Department, and to cooperate with the ongoing investigation.

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