The events of May 3, 2010 were tragic on so many levels for so many people. Clearly nothing was as tragic and unimaginable as the loss of Yeardley’s life. George has taken responsibility for his terrible decisions and actions that night.
He is serving a 23-year sentence and has been managing his life in prison for the past six years. He is taking classes to complete his college degree. He has a job and plays multiple sports. He leans on his family, friends and especially his faith to help him through these challenging years.
Thus far, only one side of George has been portrayed in the aftermath of the events on that spring day in Charlottesville. The media relied on inaccurate facts and depicted him as a horrible monster as they sensationalized the tragedy. Regrettably, the George Huguely that the world knows is grossly different than the real George Huguely.
Prior to his arrest and incarceration, George lived a relatively normal, blessed life, but, not a perfect one. His parents divorced when he was 8 years old, which was as difficult for him as it is for all children of divorce. As he grew older, he struggled with alcohol. Like many young kids in college he enjoyed the party scene and his problem became more severe and obvious during his time at UVA, especially toward the end of his senior year.
Despite the divorce, an extended, loving, close-knit family raised George and his sister. Faith has always been an important aspect of George’s life. Fortunately, his strong family and faith continue to help carry him on this difficult journey.
He was an average student in high school and at UVA. He was hardworking and got along well with teachers, coaches, parents and peers alike.
A gifted, natural athlete in several sports, he was often the captain of his high school teams because of his innate ability to encourage and lead. He was extremely dedicated to the sports he loved.
All his life, George has been a kind, generous and loyal friend. His charismatic and easygoing personality is infectious and has always drawn people to him. He loves joking around and being a prankster.
He frequently put others before himself. He declined trying out for the All Maryland State Lacrosse team in order to give other teammates a chance to be seen by college recruiters. When a UVA friend tore his ACL, prematurely ending his football career, George returned to school early to help care for him. When a fellow teammate punctured his lung during a lacrosse game, George visited him daily at the hospital to offer support and encouragement.
George volunteered at several organizations including Operation Smile and The Ivymount School for children with special needs. George recognized how blessed he was and truly enjoyed helping those less fortunate.
George is a well-liked, normal human with flaws. He is deeply remorseful and sorry for his actions that fateful night. He deserves a second chance and forgiveness. Likewise, all those so deeply affected by his terrible tragedy deserve peace. He is simply not the horrific monster portrayed in the media.