(NEW YORK) — The family of Yeardley Love, the college senior who was murdered by ex-boyfriend George Huguely, said Thursday that they were shocked when they found out about Huguely’s violent past and had urged Yeardley to get a restraining order against him.
Love, 22, was killed by Huguely, 25, in a drunken rage on May 3, 2010, just weeks before she was to graduate. Both played on the University of Virginia’s elite lacrosse teams.
In an appearance on ABC’s Katie Thursday, Love’s mother, Sharon Love, and her sister Lexie Love, recalled their growing concern over Yeardley Love’s former boyfriend, a worry that Yeardley seemed to dismiss.
In the weeks after her death, reports emerged that Huguely had a series of violent outbursts and that he once had to be tasered by a female police officer who he had threatened. He also sent Yeardley Love a furious email in a jealous rage saying that he should have killed her.
“I never knew anybody that had done such things like that. It was shocking,” Lexie Love told Couric. Lexie Love also said that she recommended that Yeardley obtain a restraining order against Huguely.
“I think she didn’t seem to think it was that big of a deal,” Lexie Love said. “That that was it. They were over, and she wasn’t going to be seeing him much anymore.”
Huguely was convicted on Feb. 22 of second-degree murder and sentenced to 23 years in prison.
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Watch the full interview with the family of Yeardley Love today at 3 p.m. ET on Katie.
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