Community mourns death of Yeardley Love at candlelight vigil
University will award posthumous degree to soon-to-be graduate
The Amphitheater was silent for several minutes as candles flickered in the dark. It was as if the faces behind them, of those who had gathered to commemorate the life of Yeardley Love - and reflect on the bonds of community that were broken as a result of her tragic death - had blended against the dark of the setting sun.
The vigil Wednesday night to honor Love was coming to a close. Students, some in tears, rose silently and returned to their dorms and apartments, privately contemplating the words of the speakers, who urged them to remember Love's contributions to the University and the indignity of her passing.
University President John T. Casteen, III, who spoke first at the event, said the candlelight vigil was "not a forum to examine those charges or the evidence that will eventually make its way to court." But rather, he said, it was a forum to honor Love's accomplishments as someone who "excelled at what she undertook to do in life, and