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COCKEYSVILLE, Md. (W) — There’s no shortage of reaction to the conviction of George Huguely, yet those we spoke with doubt the verdict will ease the pain of Yeardley Love’s heartbroken family.

Kai Jackson talks to people from George and Yeardley’s hometowns.

One hundred and sixty seven miles separates the University of Virginia from Cockeysville, where 22-year-old Yeardley Love lived. News that her former boyfriend, 24-year-old George Huguely, was convicted of killing her in a drunken jealous rage spread quickly to Maryland.

“I think that is the right call. He definitely deserves to be penalized for his actions,” said college student Reed Brown.

During the trial, witness testimony revealed friends say Love was abused by Huguely, a volatile relationship often fueled by alcohol. Both were seniors and lacrosse stars.

Residents in Montgomery County where Huguely lived also reacted.

“Obviously, it was a crime of passion. I think justice was served and a sentence will be forthcoming,” said a resident.

The case of Yeardley Love’s murder has drawn a great deal of attention, both inside and outside of Maryland.

Eyewitness News found a group of lacrosse players from Bates College in Maine visiting Maryland. They’ve watched news coverage of Yeardley Love’s murder and George Huguely’s trial.

“I don’t think there is ever justice because she’s still gone,” said Lucas Denning.

“I think it’s deserved. I think the evidence is obvious and I’m surprised it took a year and a half to get there,” said Wylie Leabo.

Huguely will be formally sentenced April 16.

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