Lacrosse event raises awareness of relationship violence, raises money to fight it

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by Joe Flanagan, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on April 5, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Updated Saturday, Apr 5 at 7:20 PM

NORFOLK -- "I didn't believe it happened. It took awhile before I could accept the fact that that happened," said Sharon Love, referring to the killing of her daughter, Yeardley Love in 2010.

The University of Virginia lacrosse player was in a relationship with George Huguely that took a violent turn. He is serving a 23-year prison sentence for Yeardley's murder.

"The only warning sign -- well, he did send her a text where he threatened her life," Love told 13News Now. "Yes, he did, but we just, you never think that could happen, and I guess that's why we started the foundation because we were so naive."

One Love Foundation's mission is to end relationship violence through education and technology.

Saturday, Norfolk Academy hosted its second annual "Lax for Love" event to raise money for the foundation and to honor Sharon Love.

The coach of the girls lacrosse team was a teammate of Yeardley.

"Kind of lived her life with a smile on her face, and really just lightened up the room and the people around her," said Coach Blair Weymouth. "She was really a special special person."

One Love Foundation's gears its work toward girls and boys. On the technology end, it offers an app for danger assessment through its Web site.

"Our target area is 16-24 and it's a united  effort with both the boys and the girls.  We hope if you see something you'll do something," concluded Love.

Huguely's attorneys have had requests for a re-hearing of his appeal denied. They are considering other options, include an appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court.

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