The mother of Yeardley Love, a lacrosse player who was murdered in 2010 by her ex-boyfriend at the University of Virginia, has filed a $30 million wrongful death lawsuit against the lacrosse coaches at the university.
The suit states that the coaches of the men’s lacrosse team ignored George Huguely’s attacks on other students, including another woman. It also accuses the coaches of ignoring Huguely’s violent behavior because he was a star on their team. The lawsuit also names the athletic director of the university, and also the state of Virginia.
Huguely killed love in a drunken fight in May 2010 just a few weeks before she was set to graduate. Both of them were star players on the men and women’s varsity lacrosse teams.
Her mother has requested $29,450,000 in compensatory damages, as well as interest. She also filed another lawsuit against Huguely for the same amount.
We are glad to see that the victim’s mother in this case has filed wrongful death lawsuits. This was a particularly heinous and violent crime, and the guilty party will eventually be eligible for release. Having to pay steep financial damages is a stern reminder to all citizens that there are better solutions to these matters than murder.
In Virginia, the family of the victim is eligible to receive financial damages if they can prove in court that they have suffered sorrow, mental anguish and loss of solace. They also are entitled to damages if their loved one would have earned income in the future, and damages for loss of protection care and services that the loved one would have provided.