LACROSSE LOVE: Student On Trial in UVA Death

UPDATED 2/22/12- Former UVA lacrosse player, George Huguely, was found guilty of second degree murder and grand larceny in the death of his ex-girlfriend, Yeardley Love.   A jury is recommending a 26 year prison sentence.  Prosecutors said that Yeardley’s body was covered in bruises when she was found, but that she died from blunt force head trauma resulting in cranial bleeding caused her body to slowly shut down over a two hour period.    The couple reportedly had a tumultuous relationship and had an altercation at her apartment which resulted in her death.


Originally posted 5/5/10

The star of the UVA men’s lacrosse team, twenty-two year old George Huguely, has been charged with killing his on again-off again girlfriend, UVA women’s lacrosse player, Yeardley Love. Huguely had been arrested previously in 2008 for public drunkenness. The arresting officer said she had to taser him when he grew belligerent and resisted. According to MSNBC, Huguely admitted to breaking down Love’s door, on the night in question, then grabbing and shaking her repeatedly, hitting her head against the wall.

MOMism: “Choose your friends carefully.” We tell our kids to be careful when choosing friends…boyfriends and girlfriends included. Apparently, this kid was a big drinker and lost control at times when he was drinking. We do not know yet if he is guilty of murdering this young woman with her whole life ahead of her, but it seems that he was on the brink of violent behavior for awhile. Young love is full of love and hate. According to a U.S. Justice report, 1 in 3 teens both male and female have experienced violent behavior from a dating partner. How do we teach our kids the line between love and hate and how to identify potentially violent people in our lives? What are the signs? How do they get the people they love help without putting themselves in harm’s way?  How do we get them to speak up and speak out against violent behavior?

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