A Year Later, Friends Remember Yeardley Love

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Family, friends and classmates are honoring the memory of a Cockeysville woman, murdered one year ago at college. 

Kelly McPherson spoke with three of her closest friends.

Some say they can’t believe it’s been a year.  It’s been filled with pain, but those closest to Yeardley Love have found ways to bring positive change from her violent death.

“We’re happy that Notre Dame is keeping her legacy alive,” said Catherine Barthelme.

Three of Yeardley Love’s closest friends are remembering the 22-year-old who was beaten to death in her University of Virginia apartment one year ago Tuesday.

“There’s been a lot of sad times but also a lot of great times.  We’ve started the One Love Foundation and had a lot of great events and a lot of people have shown a lot of support,” said Molly Laschinger.

Love was a star lacrosse player at Notre Dame Prep and UVA.  Her former team honored her by wearing her retired number.

“I think today is much more difficult than it was that day because I think we were all in shock and I think that we have had to live a year of everything without Yeardley,” said Mary Bartel, Notre Dame Prep lacrosse coach.

“She really looked up to them and really honored her experience with them, so I think she would’ve been honored and delighted to know that so many people are thinking about her today,” said Barthelme.

On top of the game, Notre Dame asked its students and faculty to “bring out the Yeardley.”  In other words, do a random act of kindness, something that Yeardley was known for.

“That’s what we’ve encouraged people to do—a kindness for someone, make their day,” said Cami Colarossi, Notre Dame Prep Communications.

George Huguely, also a UVA lacrosse player, sits in jail, charged with her murder and awaiting trial.  Prosecutors say he brutally beat Love because she broke up with him.  Her death has sparked change on this campus, including violence prevention training.

Love’s mother told Sports Illustrated that they are remembering Love at home with family and friends.  The first scholarship from the One Love Foundation was given out to a rising freshman this year.  The foundation is also raising money for a new turf field at Notre Dame that will be named after Love.

Click here for more information about the Yeardley Love Foundation.


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