Ruppersberger proposes day to show support for victims of dating violence

TOWSON, Md. - Former University of Virginia women's lacrosse player Yeardley Love was murdered by her boyfriend on May 3, 2010.

Nearly four years after her death, U.S. Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger wants to help turn the anniversary of that tragedy into a positive moment. During a news conference Tuesday at Towson University, Ruppersberger joined members of Love's family in announcing legislation that would create an annual "National One Love Day."

The day, which would be celebrated each May 3, would increase awareness of dating violence. The bill is named for Love, a Baltimore resident.

"Having just celebrated Valentine's Day, this season is a great time to have just one conversation about what a healthy relationship is," said Ruppersberger in a statement. "I commend the entire Love family and the One Love Foundation for their tireless work toward ending relationship violence, especially among young people, in Yeardley's memory. I look forward to working with the Maryland delegation to get this bill passed."

Ruppersberger said National One Love Day would show support for victims as well as the thousands of organizations and workers who fight relationship violence through social media campaigns, advertisements and representative clothing like buttons and bracelets.

"I am continually amazed at the support and efforts in Yeardley's honor to create widespread awareness of Relationship Violence," said One Love founder Sharon Love in a statement. "We have a long way to go and will need the help of many as we continue to work hard, so that one day we can put an end to Relationship Violence."

Former University of Virginia lacrosse player George Huguely, a Maryland native, was sentenced in 2012 to 23 years in prison after being convicted of second-degree murder in connection to Yeardley Love's death,

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