Reporting Jessica Kartalija
TOWSON, Md. (WJZ)– After Cockeysville native Yeardley Love’s former boyfriend George Huguely is convicted of her murder, Love’s family and friends express grief at their loss.
Jessica Kartalija has reaction from people impacted by Yeardley Love during her short life.
College students in Maryland react to Huguely’s guilty verdict.
“I think he deserves what he got, quite frankly,” college student Shannon Lyons said. “And I think it’s tragic that he could do that to a girl our age and it’s basically hard to think about– that life is so fleeting and that it could happen to anyone.”
Yeardley Love’s mother and sister gave this statement: “It is truly devastating to wake up each day and realize that she is no longer here. Yeardley’s contagious smile, kind spirit and gentle touch have left this world, but we know that heaven has an angel like no other. We will continue to keep her spirit alive by performing works of kindness in her name.”
Sandi Timmins is executive director of the House of Ruth Maryland, one of the nation’s leading domestic violence centers. She says sadly, domestic violence cases on college campuses are all too familiar.
“Many college campuses have places to go when they are involved in this type of relationship,” Timmins explained. “Then there are agencies like the House Of Ruth as well.”
“I think it makes people think, if they are in an abusive relationship. It makes them think about their lives,” Abby Sargent, a college student, said.
Notre Dame Prep– where Love attended high school– issued this statement: “Yeardley will always be one of ‘our girls’ and though we will never fill the void left by her death, we pray that those whose lives have been immeasurably altered may find peace.”
The jury considered testimony from nearly 60 witnesses before convicting Huguely in Love’s murder.