Mother of slain UVa student sues lacrosse coaches

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The mother of a University of Virginia student killed by a member of the men's lacrosse team has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the team's coaches and the state.

Sharon Love filed the lawsuit in Louisa County Circuit Court on Tuesday ahead of the second anniversary of the death of her 22-year-old daughter Yeardley Love, a women's lacrosse player.

George W. Huguely V, 24, of Chevy Chase, Md., was convicted in February of second-degree murder in Love's May 3, 2010, death. A jury also convicted him of grand larceny and recommended he serve a total of 26 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 30.

Sharon Love also filed a $30.5 million wrongful death lawsuit against Huguely last week. The amount sought in the lawsuit against the state, head coach Dom Starsia and assistant coach Marc Van Arsdale was not immediately known.

The lawsuit was first reported Thursday by the Richmond Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/IJCba7 ).

Brian Gottstein, a spokesman for Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli, said in an email to The Associated Press that he was aware of the lawsuit but it had not yet been served on the defendants.

"If it is served, we will vigorously defend the case," he said. "While we certainly recognize the terrible loss suffered by the Love family, that loss was not caused by the commonwealth or anyone employed at the University of Virginia."

An attorney for the Love family did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

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