Yeardley Love Funeral – More than 2,000 people gathered at a North Baltimore cathedral on Saturday to mourn Yeardley Love, a senior lacrosse player at the University of Virginia who was slain in her off-campus apartment earlier this week.
Scores of somber friends from the university, who arrived on two buses, and many more relatives and acquaintances filled The Cathedral of Mary Our Queen on York Road to pay tribute to Love, a 22-year-old woman from Cockeysville.
Members of her varsity lacrosse team led a procession of close family and friends into the church at the start of the funeral Mass.
Also in attendance were students from Notre Dame Preparatory School for Girls in Towson, where Love graduated. She went on to fulfill her dream of playing lacrosse at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
To many, she was simply known as “Yeards” — a bright-eyed, fun-loving and generous woman off the lacrosse field, but a fierce competitor on it.
“She was truly remarkable,” said Julie Myers, Love’s head coach at UVa., during a eulogy. “Not because she tried. But because she truly was.”
Early Monday, Love was found dead in her apartment by a roommate, who called police. Authorities discovered serious injuries on her body that were consistent with a violent assault and, hours later, arrested her ex-boyfriend, George Huguely.
Huguely, a 22-year-old native of Chevy Chase and varsity player on the men’s lacrosse team, was charged with first-degree murder. He was being held in the Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Jail.