"We are doing our best to make sure that the court system is not overwhelmed," Charlottesville city government spokesman Ric Barrick said in an email. "We have few murders here but plenty of positive reasons for attention to be brought to our town. It is sad for us to be hosts under these circumstances."

UVa officials and others wrestle with the notoriety, trying to balance Love's devastating death and Huguely's shocking arrest with the good that has been done since.

Love's family, who did not respond to interview requests, created the One Love Foundation in her honor, raising $1 million for a scholarship and new turf field at Notre Dame.

Virginia lawmakers have extended protective order rights to those in abusive dating and work relationships, in addition to family members and stalking victims.

And the university has strengthened its crime reporting requirements, to help ensure arrests don't go unnoticed. It also implemented several training programs to encourage bystanders to intervene if they suspect someone's hurting themselves or others, and administrators have reached out to students and staff in preparation for the trial, to let them know help is available if needed, regardless of the outcome.

"I am cautiously optimistic [about the future] in the sense that I think many of these changes will be long lasting," Dean Groves said. "The challenge for us will be probably three or four years out from Yeardley's death, can you sustain that sense of care and concern. ... That's the challenge that I hope we are up to."

tricia.bishop@baltsun.com

Timeline

Summer 2007: Florida police arrest George Huguely V for possessing alcohol as a minor.

November 2008: Lexington, Va. police Taser Huguely, who unleashes a profane tirade on officers. He's arrested for public intoxication.

May 2, 2010: Huguely and lacrosse teammates spend Sunday on a golf course with their fathers, drinking and playing.

May 3, 2010: Love's bruised body is discovered about 2 a.m. Huguely admits getting into an altercation and is charged with murder.

September 2010: Love's family establishes the nonprofit One Love Foundation to raise funds in her memory.

April 18, 2011: A grand jury indicts Huguely on six charges, including first-degree murder.

Feb. 6, 2011: Huguely's trial is set to begin with jury selection.

Source: Court records and Baltimore Sun research

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