This has been one of the best springs the University of Virginia athletics department has ever experienced. That has all changed, and the University is now mourning one of its own:
George Huguely, 22, of Chevy Chase had been the starting quarterback, an honor roll student and a lacrosse all-American at the renowned Landon School.
Yeardley Love, 22, of Baltimore County had been a four-year member of the lacrosse and field hockey teams at Notre Dame Prep in Baltimore.
At some point, they had a romantic relationship. But early Monday, Love was found dead inside her apartment, and a few hours later, Huguely was charged in her death.
The university community was grappling with Love's slaying. Members of the men's and women's lacrosse teams closed ranks and were keeping to themselves. But the rest of the campus was openly devastated by the news. "This death moves us to deep anguish for the loss of a student of uncommon talent and promise," U-Va. President John Casteen said.
I just can't imagine what the Love family is experiencing, and our thoughts go out to them. What a tragedy, in the midst of what should be a time of celebration, with NCAA tournaments and graduation right around the corner.
Sad. Just sad.