WASHINGTON DC (WTVR) - Yeardley Love's mother is talking publicly about her daughter's death for the first time. The UVA lacrosse player was killed in 2010 by her ex-boyfriend, George Huguely.
Sharon Love is urging Congress to re-authorize a bill that would help people who are in an abusive relationship.
Love spoke in Washington D.C. during an event lead by Vice-President Joe Biden to try and expand the Violence Against Women Act.
Sharon Love talked about Huguely, who was convicted in February of killing her daughter, and about how her family is using Yeardley's story to help other women in abusive relationships.
"As hard as it is to realize that nothing will bring Yeardley back to us, that same realization is our driving force to keep her memory alive," saID Love.
If passed, the new Violence Against Women Act will include protection for gays, lesbians, transgendered, Native Americans, and immigrants who are in abusive relationships.