Yeardley Love's Family Hopes 'One Love Day' Will End Dating Violence

Yeardley Love, a University of Virginia lacrosse player, was killed in 2010 by her ex-boyfriend. Now, her family is working to make the date of her death a national event to raise awareness about domestic violence.

Yeardley Love of Cockeysville was killed in 2010 by her ex-boyfriend. Credit: Screenshot from One Love Foundation
Yeardley Love of Cockeysville was killed in 2010 by her ex-boyfriend. Credit: Screenshot from One Love Foundation

As the four-year anniversary of the death of Yeardley Love nears, her family is lobbying Congress to pass legislation to make May 3 the “National One Love Day” that would raise awareness about dating violence.

The Cockeysville native and University of Virginia lacrosse player was beaten to death by her ex-boyfriend on May 3, 2010, reports WJZ TV. In 2012, George Huguely was convicted of second-degree murder in Yeardley’s death and is serving a 23-year sentence.

“I have two lives. My life before May 3, 2010 and my life after,” Sharon Love, the victim’s mother, told the TV station.

Love, 22, was killed by Huguely, 25, of Chevy Chase in a drunken rage just weeks before she was to graduate. Both played on the University of Virginia's elite lacrosse teams, reports ABC TV. Prior to the murder, Huguely had several run-ins with the law, including violent behavior. Three of these instances are outlined in a $30 million wrongful death lawsuit that Sharon Love has filed against the coaches at the University of Virginia.

Sharon and Yeardley’s sister, Lexie, have started the One Love Foundation to draw attention to domestic violence. Besides the bill in Congress, the foundation has created an awareness campaign about dating violence and two smartphone apps. The apps help people identify if they’re in an unhealthy relationship and offers ways to get help.

Maryland Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger is working to help pass the bill.

“Domestic violence is happening everywhere and we need to put a stop to it before an unfortunate situation like Yeardley Love’s death occurs,” Ruppersberger told WJZ.

Sharon Love hopes to get the legislation passed before May 3, 2015.

Polly February 21, 2014 at 02:05 PM
@ pam Johnson - how about spoiled rich kids, whose parents didn't parent him at all. he was always getting into trouble and all they did was keep bailing him out. did you hear about the recent teen drunk driver that killed I think 4 people and his defense was "affluenza" (google that) his defense attorney stated that his parents never made him suffer any consequences for his bad behavior so he just didn't know any better. he didn't get any jail time but, has to go to a rehab facility for a period and then 10 years of probation. I hardly think that's even remotely any kind of justice for the innocent victims that he killed.
Sir February 24, 2014 at 12:12 AM
@polly - spousal abuse has no economic boundaries. Whether rich, middle class or poor, it happens.
james smith February 24, 2014 at 10:39 AM
All these responses and not a single one of them mentions alcohol. If alcohol were taken out of this picture, this never would have happened, and neither would have thousands of other violent attacks on college women every year. Women want the freedom to binge drink, get drunk and act like fools as they believe it is part of their liberation. Why don't women and the parents who are against domestic violence campaign against alcohol and drugs? Obviously because they believe that their little child can do no wrong. Yeardley Love knew he was a drunk and had a severe drinking problem and she did absolutely nothing. It is just as much her fault as it is his. Her parents and sister won't even address the issue. When a person is a pedestrian or behind the wheel of a vehicle and they see a crazy driver or accident in the making, they have a duty to get out of the way to avoid injury. Likewise, these women have a duty to get out of the way of domestic violence. If a gun was involved, you can believe everyone would be blaming the gun, yet alcohol (and maybe drugs) was so obviously involved here, and no one says a word. Hey women, isn't it wonderful to be liberated?
Kim Cooke February 24, 2014 at 11:03 AM
James, there's no hope for anyone blaming the woman. Shame on you.
james smith February 24, 2014 at 12:03 PM
Just what I thought you would say Kim; you liberated women can do no wrong. The victim, her parents, her sister, his dorm roommates, his teammates, his coaches and his parents all KNEW he had a terrible drinking problem, and all of them did NOTHING!! Why???? If someone had done something, a life could have been saved!!


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