Love exclusive: Katie Couric interviews Yeardley's mom, sister
Three weeks after former UVA lacrosse player George Huguely was sentenced to 23 years behind bars for the May 2010 murder of his estranged girlfriend, Yeardley Love, the late student's mother and sister, Sharon and Lexie Love, spoke publicly on the crime and their grief for the first time. It happened on the September 20 episode of Katie, the new daytime talk show created by veteran newscaster and UVA alumna Katie Couric.
"Did you have any inkling that she was in a dangerous relationship?" Couric asks.
"I had no idea," replies Sharon Love. "Had I thought she was in a dangerous relationship I would have taken her out of school, kept her out for a semester and put her back in when he was gone."
Like her mother, Lexie Love describes her relationship with two-years younger Yeardley as "very close," but says she never suspected Huguely was capable of serious violence. Neither mother nor sister was aware of his previous violence, including his assaults of a Lexington, Virginia police officer and a sleeping UVA lacrosse teammate.
"I never knew anybody that had done such things like that," says Lexie, adding that she was "very shocked" when those details emerged during the investigation.
While the Loves have maintained silence on the case before now, they have been active in establishing the late woman's legacy. Among their efforts is the One Love Foundation, a nonprofit that, according to its website, aims to "educate, encourage and develop in children and young adults four qualities that Love exemplified: service, kindness, humility, and sportsmanship."
Preventing domestic violence is another priority, as evidenced by the launch of the Foundation's new "Be 1 for Change" initiative that, according to a press release, will "serve as the base of a long-term campaign to combat Relationship Violence (RV) in the United States." Included in the launch is a free and anonymous "danger assessment" app for iPhone and Android, a tool designed to help individuals determine if their relationship could put them at risk, as well as a public service announcement aimed at raising awareness of dating violence among people ages 16 to 24.
Couric, who formerly anchored the Today show and CBS Evening News, earned her own diploma from UVA in 1979. Her new program, which debuted on September 10, airs weekdays at 2pm on NBC.
–Story updated September 21 at 2:04pm to include quotes from show and information about "Be 1 For Change" initiative
–Original headline: Love exclusive: Katie Couric to interview Yeardley's mom, sis