Police recover red-stained shirt from lacrosse player's apartment

Huguely accused of killing ex-girlfriend, a Cockeysville native

funeral services set

May 05, 2010|By Baltimore Sun staff

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Police who searched the apartment of murder suspect George Huguely recovered a shirt with a red stain and a letter addressed to Yeardley Love, the Cockeysville lacrosse player he is accused of killing, according to a Charlottesville newspaper.

A court document filed by police Wednesday describes several items seized by detectives from Huguely's apartment as they investigated Love's killing, including two Apple laptop computers, a spiral notebook, a shower curtain, rugs and a pair of blue cargo shorts. Court officials said Tuesday that the document had been sealed by court order, but its contents were described in a story by the Charlottesville Daily Progress.

Police also took DNA swabs from the apartment's bathroom, kitchen and entry door, the newspaper reported.

Search warrant affidavits filed by police shortly after Love was found dead Monday morning sought DNA evidence to compare to hairs found around a hole that had been kicked through her bedroom door.

Love and Huguely were seniors at the University of Virginia scheduled to graduate later this month, and both played on the school's highly ranked varsity lacrosse teams.

Huguely, a 22-year-old Chevy Chase man who once had a romantic relationship with Love, told police that he had an altercation with her and "shook Love and her head repeatedly hit the wall," one affidavit said.

Love was discovered Monday morning by roommates, lying in bed, bruised with a pool of blood on her pillow.

Students at the University of Virginia are planning to hold a candlelight vigil tonight in memory of Love, the first campus-wide event organized in honor of the 22-year-old Notre Dame Prep graduate.

Funeral arrangements for Love have also been announced. Viewings are scheduled for Friday at Ruck Funeral Home, 1050 York Road in Towson, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held Saturday at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St., at 10 a.m.

Friends and acquaintances of Love have held private tributes since she was found dead in her off-campus apartment Monday morning, including a small candle ceremony on campus yesterday.

Tonight's vigil, a public event at 8 p.m. in the university's McIntire Amphitheater, will be one of the few organized activities on a campus otherwise engrossed in preparations for exams.

University President John T. Casteen III is expected to speak, along with members of the Student Council, which organized the vigil.

"This is a difficult time for our community," Student Council President Colin Hood wrote in a message announcing the event. "The violent death has left her many friends, classmates, and teammates grief-stricken. Many of us are in shock as to how such an act could occur."

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