706: Yeardley Love
Lacrosse Player & Beloved Daughter and Sister
Born: 17 July 1987, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
Died: 3 May 2010, Charlottesville, Virginia, United States of America
Yeardley is sadly remembered for being beaten to death by her ex-boyfriend three weeks before their graduation from the University of Virginia. The University posthumously awarded Yeardley her degree. They also retired her jersey number from the university’s lacrosse team in her honor.
Yeardley had promised her father to play lacrosse at University of Virginia before he died from cancer in 2003—a dream she achieved. She was majoring in government and minoring in Spanish and was a Sorority member.
Yeardley was planning on moving to New York City for her first job after graduation.
Yeardley’s mother and sister founded the One Love Foundation to help spread awareness and prevent further domestic abuse.
Yeardley’s murderer was found guilty and sentenced to twenty-three years in prison. He is set to be released in 2030. Yeardley's family went on to sue both her murderer and the university in civil suits, but later dropped both cases.
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