The family of slain Virginia lacrosse player Yeardley Love has announced an initiative to raise $1 million for a turf field to be built at Notre Dame Preparatory School, where Love graduated in 2006.
School officials said the proposed field will not only benefit Notre Dame Prep's athletic teams, but would also be beneficial for the entire community.
A new turf field would enable the school to offering a field for athletics, physical education classes and school field days, school officials said.
"We want to forever honor Yeardley and her contributions to Notre Dame as a student, athlete, and friend," Yeardley's mother Sharon said in a statement. "We believe that the new turf field will be a great tribute to Yeardley as future generations of students use it."
The school currently does not have a turf field.
Love was a stand-out lacrosse and field hockey player at Notre Dame Prep before going to the University of Virginia, where she played lacrosse.
"Yeardley was the core of the personality of the team," Notre Dame Prep lacrosse coach Mary Bartel said in a statement. "She was our laughter… she always found an appropriate way to lighten things up."
Love was dead in her off-campus apartment May 3.
University of Virginia men's lacrosse player George Huguely, 22, of Chevy Chase, has been charged with first-degree murder in the ongoing investigation.
Gifts may be made to The Yeardley Love '06 Memorial Field care of Notre Dame Preparatory School, 815 Hampton Lane, Towson, MD, 21286 or at http://www.notredameprep.com (click on "Giving").