UVa lacrosse player charged in murder of girlfriend

Yeardley Love, a 22-year-old senior at the University of Virginia, was found dead at around 2:15 AM in an off-campus apartment, and 22-year-old George Huguely has been charged with her murder.

Police say that Love’s body showed signs of “physical trauma,” but have not disclosed a possible cause of death in the case. Authorities say they were called to the scene for a possible case of “alcohol poisoning” when Love’s body was discovered:

Love was found in bed by a roommate at their private apartment about 3 blocks from campus that Love shared with two female friends, Longo said. Huguely was located at his apartment and questioned and arrested by about 6 a.m., Longo.

Longo said police have no other suspects in the case. Love and Huguely, he said, “have had a romantic relationship but the exact status of that at this time is part of our investigation.”

A quick scan of Love’s Facebook friends reveals that Huguely is not listed among her more than 1,000 connections on the service. Both Love and Huguely played on the UVa lacrosse teams for their respective genders, and both students were in their fourth year at the university.

The University of Virginia has declined to comment on behalf of the administration, coaches or players regarding Love’s death. Huguely has been charged with first degree murder, and he is currently detained in the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail.