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Yeardley Love's number retired

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Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The University of Virginia's women's lacrosse team retired the number Yeardley Love wore before she was killed.

She was killed last summer - allegedly at the hands of her ex-boyfriend.

But Sunday, it wasn't about how she died. Everyone gathered to celebrate who she was as a player and loving friend.

"Yeardley never goes away, I mean her smile, her eyes, her spirit."

"We keep Yeardley in our hearts and in our minds and her family certainly there with her."

The jersey Love wore on the field was handed over to her family, and the marking on it, number "1" was permanently retired from the game.

"It definitely got to our heart which was the point of it, but all in all we were happy to have that celebration done so well, and to have the Love family with us... I thought it was great."

Everything from an "L" on the team's uniforms, to a stadium flag was dedicated to Love.

It was their ultimate tribute to the athlete

No other women's lacrosse player will ever wear that number.

"It was uplifting, honoring Yards in that way was just great. To have that flag flying over every game will be great too, just looking up there knowing she's there helping us along is great."

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