UVA Women’s Lacrosse to Retire Love’s Number

By Brandon Benavides
|  Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011  |  Updated 3:15 PM EDT
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UVA Women’s Lacrosse to Retire Love’s Number

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Yeardley Love

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The University of Virginia athletic department will honor the memory of slain lacrosse player Yeardley Love by retiring her jersey -- No. 1 -- in a formal ceremony at a home game against Penn State March 6.

Love, 22, of Cockeysville, Md., was found dead last May in her apartment. Her ex-boyfriend, George Huguely, 23, of Chevy Chase, Md., is charged in her death.

Love was found by her roommate face down in a pool of blood.

Police records show Love and Huguely had recently broken off their dating relationship prior to her May 3 death.

Huguely was facing a first-degree murder charge in the death, but in January, prosecutors added new charges of felony murder, robbery of a residence, burglary, entering a house with intent to commit a felony and grand larceny. The original first-degree murder charge requires prosecutors to prove Huguely intended to kill Love when he broke into her apartment. The newly-added charge covers a killing during a felony like robbery or burglary.

Officials said Love died from blunt-force trauma to the head. Police said Huguely told them he saw Love bleeding after he had a fight with her and her head hit a wall.

Huguely's lawyers call the death "an accident with a tragic outcome."

Police said Huguely told them he took a computer from her apartment and dumped it into the trash on the night of their argument.

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