May 5, 2010
Members of the Virginia women's lacrosse team, including coach Julie Myers, second from right, mourn Yeardley Love during a memorial service at the school in Charlottesville, Va.
According to police, the Cockeysville native's former boyfriend kicked a hole in her bedroom door near the University of Virginia campus, then left the 22-year-old lacrosse player lying dead in a pool of blood on her pillow.
George Huguely, the fellow Virginia student charged with first-degree murder in her death, told police that they had an altercation, search warrant affidavits say, and that he "shook Love and her head repeatedly hit the wall." Huguely's defense attorney, Francis Lawrence, said Love's death was "an accident with a tragic outcome."
Huguely, who is from Chevy Chase and was a member of the men's lacrosse team, said little in a brief court appearance May 4. On a day when reflection mixed with disbelief and shock on the campus, news emerged of a 2008 incident in Lexington, Va., in which Huguely was charged with public drunkenness and resisting arrest. After he was seen stumbling drunkenly into traffic during a fraternity party, Huguely threatened a Lexington police officer in what she termed as a profanity-laced tirade.
"He used colorful statements such as, 'I'll kill all you bitches, y'all are a bunch of (expletive)...." Patrolwoman R.L. Moss said in a written statement, adding that Huguely continued to resist arrest and had to be Tasered before Moss could apply handcuffs.