The University of Virginia, a beautiful campus tucked away in Charlottesville, is known for its friendly, college-town atmosphere. But news of an alleged murder shook the campus and town and made national news on Monday.
Virginia women's lacrosse player Yeardley Love was found dead in her apartment early Monday morning, and police believe the 22-year-old senior was murdered, the Cavalier Daily reports. Investigators have arrested men's lacrosse player George Huguely, also a senior, in connection with Love's death. Huguely has been charged with first-degree murder.
Police say that Huguely and Love were involved in a relationship at some point, but would not discuss the evidence that led them to arrest Huguely.
Meanwhile, a shocked university is left wondering what happened. School officials are working on ways to communicate with students about the incident, but disbelief seems to have taken hold of campus.
"That she appears now to have been murdered by another student compounds this sense of loss by suggesting Yeardley died without comfort or consolation from those closest to her," University of Virginia President John Casteen said in an E-mail to students that was quoted by the Daily. "We mourn her death and feel anger on reading that the investigators believe that another student caused it. Like students who have contacted us in the last few minutes, we have no explanation of what appears now to have happened."
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