CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – A senior on the Virginia men’s lacrosse team was charged Monday with the slaying of a fellow student on the women’s team, stunning students at the picturesque campus.

George Huguely, 22, of Chevy Chase, Md., was charged with first-degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Yeardley Love, also a senior, of Cockeysville, Md., Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said.

Longo said Love’s roommate called police around 2:15 a.m., concerned that Love may have had an alcohol overdose, but police found her dead with obvious physical injuries.

The police chief said that Huguely and Love were in a relationship at some point and that Huguely quickly became the focus of the investigation. Longo would not detail the extent of Love’s injuries, but he said there did not appear to be any weapons used in the slaying.

Huguely and Love were scheduled to graduate later this month.

Both highly ranked teams are preparing for the national tournament later this month. Virginia’s men’s team was ranked No. 1 for most of the season and expects to host a first-round game in the tournament after winning the Atlantic Coast Conference championship last month.

The women’s team also was expected to get into the tournament.


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