Since Ms Love was found murdered on May 3rd, I've been following this situation closely, with a lot of anger.
I'm angry about this on so many levels it's hard to actually sit down and process it.
First and foremost this is a death that really really didn't have to happen. Most news reportage of this death explain that the perpetrator of the crime, George Huguely, had a long history of domestic violence, and not just against Love.
Love's teammates all state they were aware of Hughely's dangerous behavior, Love's Uncle states that she made several comments regarding his temper and such to him, but that he dismissed those comments.
It bothers me greatly that none of these people would say anything to anyone with any authority. Love herself may not have been able to actually do that. But for heavens sake, there are 12 players on a Lacrosse team (women's) on the field at any time, and thus there are probably at least 15-20 actual people on a team. So….20 persons knew about this, an actual attack was witnessed during an away game, and still everyone just sort of swept it under the rug?
Secondly, it does seem sad to me that this case is getting the coverage it is getting mostly due to the fact that these are two attractive persons, who were from very well to do backgrounds. I doubt very much that we would still be hearing about this nationally if this had happened at a local community college. Sad, but true. Is this young woman's life more valuable or more interesting because she had money? I think not. It just sadly proves that in the American mind set, money does matter…..
Thirdly, The University of Virginia lacrosse teams took the field again, with the coach saying playing would help the team. The team all wore some very cute t shirts, saying things like "One Love" and such. They all wore the black oval with her name on it over their hearts. Very nice gestures. Personally, I think it's a little maudlin. For a team which had witnessed Hughely actually attack her in person (At an away event in NC), the wearing of a t shirt after her death as a way to honor this young woman…..pathetic.
Much better that one of them had said one thing to someone with some power to act, I mean, it's not like they can all pretend to just not know, they saw it months before she was killed. But I suppose a T shirt and placard now will make things feel better.