Family Of UVA Student Files Civil Lawsuit Over Her Killing By Boyfriend

The estate of Yeardley Love, a University of Virginia student murdered in 2010, filed a $30 million civil suit Thursday against the onetime boyfriend and fellow UVA lacrosse player convicted of killing her, George Huguely V.

Sharon D. Love’s suit, filed in Charlottesville Circuit Court, charges that Huguely acted negligently and with “utter disregard” for the safety of Love, who was found dead in her off-campus apartment by a roommate shortly before she and Huguely were scheduled to graduate.

Huguely, 24, was convicted in February of second-degree murder and grand larceny in Love’s death. In a videotaped interrogation by police that was played during the trial, Huguely said he and Love, a Cockeysville native, had gotten into an argument that turned violent and that he left her in her bed bleeding from her nose.
Huguely “engaged in a physical altercation with Love … ultimately resulting in injuries to Love and her death,” the lawsuit charges.

Sharon Love said her lawyer advised her not to comment on the suit. Huguely’s lawyers in his criminal case did not return calls for comment.

The murder drew media attention, raising issues of dating violence and college drinking. Love and Huguely, who is from Chevy Chase, had a volatile on-again, off-again relationship. He was depicted during the trial as having been on a binge drinking rampage on the day of the killing; testimony indicated that he may have ingested as many as 20 alcoholic beverages that day.