University of Virginia Lacrosse Player Yeardley Love Laid to Rest

University of Virginia Lacrosse Player Yeardley Love Laid to Rest
Yeardley Love's funeral in Baltimore, Md.
Jacquelyn Martin/AP

05/08/2010 AT 07:00 PM EDT

Just five days after her death, hundreds of mourners, including friends and family, said goodbye to University of Virginia lacrosse player Yeardley Love, 22, at a funeral at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in North Baltimore.

Teammates from the UVA women's lacrosse team as well as those from Notre Dame Preparatory Academy in Towson, Md., attended. Some wore uniforms. Others paid tribute with words.

"As genuine, kind and gentle as [Yeardley] was, she was also tough as nails on the lacrosse field," Love's coach, Julie Myers, said, according to The Baltimore Sun. "She played with the heart of a lion."

University president John T. Casteen III told students at a candlelight vigil held Wednesday, "My hope is that her human worth may survive the memory of her dying."



According to reports, witnesses found Love face down in a pool of blood on her pillow in the bedroom of her off-campus apartment in Charlottesville, Va. Fellow student and lacrosse player George Huguely, 22, of Chevy Chase, Md., is being held on first-degree murder charges.

Reportedly Love's "obsessive"" ex-boyfriend, Huguely admitted to shaking Love violently, at the time of his arrest, but his attorney has said the death was an accident.

At the funeral in North Baltimore, mourners were given a program that included an essay Love had written during her freshman year of high school.

"If I had to wish for three things in my life, they would be to go to the University of Virginia for college, have a happy and healthy family when I grow up, and to always keep in touch and stay close with my family," she wrote, according to The Sun. "So far my life has been filled with joy and happiness, and I hope to keep living my life that way."

The University of Virginia commencement ceremonies, where Love will be awarded a posthumous diploma, are scheduled for May 23.

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