Yeardley Love murder discussion on Katie (VIDEO)
By April MacIntyre Sep 19, 2012, 21:33 GMT
Katie Couric - Rogers Media Upfront 2012 in Toronto on May 29, 2012 - Massey Hall - Toronto, Canada © Robin Wong / PR Photos
Tune in alert for "Katie" as the murder of University of Virginia student Yeardley Love is a story that deeply touched Katie Couric, a mother of two daughters and a UVA alum herself.
Bright, attractive, athletic, Yeardley Love was 22 years old and just weeks from graduation when her former boyfriend George Huguely brutally beat her to death, her roommate finding her face down on the bed of her college apartment.
Her death sent shockwaves through college campuses everywhere, and garnered national attention.
Last month, Huguely was sentenced to 23 years in prison for her murder, and on Thursday, September 20, for the first time, Sharon and Lexie Love, Yeardley's mother and sister, speak out, in a sit-down interview that will air on Couric's new nationally syndicated talk show, "Katie" (check your local listings, katiecouric.com).
They discuss how they found out Yeardley had died, their shock upon learning of the violence that existed in Yeardley's relationship with George, plus how they felt seeing George during his trial.
The hour-long program is dedicated to discussing the epidemic of dating violence, signs to look for, why it's happening, how to prevent it, and what families, students, teachers, and friends can learn from the Love's tragedy. Clips and sound bites from the interview are pasted below and photos and captions are attached.
Katie Couric asks the Loves about George Huguely’s history of violence:
KC: 'Cause you even said, “Should I get a restraining order?” and she said, “I’ll take care of it.” Right?
LL: Yeah, I think she didn’t seem to think it was that big of a deal…
KC: That big of a deal.
LL: …That that was it. They were over and she wasn’t gonna be seeing him much anymore.
KC: After Yeardley’s murder, Lexie, a lot of things became public about George Huguely’s past: that he was so drunk and unruly during an incident in Lexington, Virginia he had to be tazed by the police officer, that he sent Yeardley a threatening email that said he should have killed her, and that he beat up his roommate who was also a UVA [University of Virginia] lacrosse player. When you learned of these things, what was your reaction?
LL: I never knew anybody that had done such things like that. It was shocking.
Sharon and Lexie Love share their thoughts on the trial process and final verdict:
KC: Were you satisfied with the verdict? Did you feel that justice had been served?
SL: I felt like the jury did their job. I think they took it very seriously. [Indecipherable], the DA [District Attorney], did the best he could, and I think the jury did the best they could. Of course, as a mother of Yeardley, you’d always like to see more, but I’m satisfied with the verdict because I think everybody took their job seriously and did it well.
KC: It must have been so difficult for both of you to be inside that court room, inside the same room where George Huguely was sitting. What was that like for you?
LL: My heart was beating really fast the whole time. I kept thinking, “That’s what Yeardley saw, that’s the last thing she saw,” and I kept running that through my head over and over again. Then I would think about the situation that night, and it just brought back horrible thoughts.
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