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Slain lacrosse player's mom sues coaches, state

Associated Press Modified: May 3, 2012 at 6:00 pm •  Published: May 3, 2012

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The mother of a University of Virginia student killed by a member of the men's lacrosse team has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the team's coaches, the university's athletics director and the state, claiming they ignored the student's erratic behavior.

Sharon Love filed the lawsuit in Louisa County Circuit Court on Tuesday ahead of the second anniversary of the death of her 22-year-old daughter Yeardley Love, a women's lacrosse player. The lawsuit seeks $29.45 million in damages from the state, head coach Dom Starsia, assistant coach Marc Van Arsdale and athletics director Craig Littlepage.

George W. Huguely V, 24, of Chevy Chase, Md., was convicted in February of second-degree murder in Love's May 3, 2010, death. A jury also convicted him of grand larceny and recommended he serve a total of 26 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 30.

Sharon Love also filed a $30.5 million wrongful death lawsuit against Huguely last week.

The lawsuit against the state and the coaches was first reported Thursday by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

The complaint alleges that the coaches ignored Huguely's erratic behavior, including two alcohol-related arrests, frequent intoxication and attacks on another female student, a teammate and a Virginia tennis player. The lawsuit cites another incident in which Huguely allegedly choked Love until others stopped him.

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