Governor pledges to consider changes to law

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – The murder of a women's lacrosse player at the University of Virginia could lead to changes in state law and policies. Governor Bob McDonnell met with UVA's president this afternoon and says he's open to the idea.

Three weeks from graduation and two from playing for a national championship, 22 year old Yeardley Love's young life was cut short.

"Unprecedented in the UVA history to have a student on student murder," said McDonnell.

But even in death, she's now making an impact.

"How can we do things different? How can we do things better? How can we improve campus safety?" said McDonnell.

Police have charged Love's ex-boyfriend and fellow lacrosse player George Huguely with her death. It was only after his arrest that the university learned of prior run-ins with police, including a conviction for resisting arrest after a violent confrontation with a female officer.

UVA President John Casteen told the governor today, he'd like to see a change in the law so police agencies have to share criminal information about students to universities.

"We are determined to see to it that students who can speak out, that parents may observe something that we should know, that information that should be in the hands of commonwealth's attorneys and police officers are in their hands in a timely way," said Casteen.

The governor says some police agencies have already expressed concerns about how the sharing of this information would be possible, but he says he'll willing to consider the idea.

"I'm committed to the broader goal of quality information so a president can best protect his or her campus," said McDonnell.

If he finds that laws need to be changed because of Yeardley Love's death, McDonnell says the issue will be taken up by the General Assembly in January.

Yeardley Love's teammates will take the field for the first time without her this Sunday in Charlottesville for the first round of the NCAA lacrosse tournament.

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