When the police arrived on the scene in Charlottesville, Virginia, early the morning of May 3rd, they expected to find fourth-year UVA student and women's lacrosse player Yeardley Love suffering from alcohol poisoning, a common ailment amongst college campuses. Instead, they found her twenty-two year old lifeless body, dead at the hand of an apparent physical attack.
While the police have yet to release further details on the precise cause of death, citing a pending autopsy, it appears that Love was the victim of a physical attack severe enough to have taken her life. There was no evidence of the use of any weapons during the attack, suggesting that fellow fourth-year student George Huguely, who was charged in the attack this morning, killed her with his bare hands.
Huguely is currently being held on charges of homicide at Abermarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, though details about his bail have not been released at this time. It is unclear what prompted the attack, though friends told police that the two were previously romantically involved. They were not involved at the time of the attack.
Both Love and Huguely played lacrosse for the University of Virginia, with Huguely one of the star players on the #1 ranked NCAA men's team. Both seniors were set to graduate later this month.
While it sounds as though there is surely going to be more to this story than what initially meets the eye, it is a terrible tragedy. I was fortunate enough to always feel safe on my college campus, but it seems as though there has been a rise in the past five years in incidents of violence on college campuses nationwide. Do you feel safe on your campus? Have you ever found yourself the victim of a violent crime while on campus, whether domestic or random?
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(AP Photo/Media Relations University of Virginia)