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Yeardley Love murder: Sharon Love speaks out for first time

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For day after day of the heart-wrenching trial of George Huguely, Yeardley Love's mother showed up to hear the testimony. On Wednesday, nearly two months after Huguely was found guilty of her daughter's murder, she's speaking out.

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Her goal is to keep the same tragedy from happening again.

For the first time, Sharon Love is describing the devastating loss she endured when Yeardley was killed nearly two years ago. She definitely doesn't hold back when describing Huguely, who has been preliminarily sentenced to 26 years in prison.

"Our lives will never be the same," Sharon said. "My daughter was murdered at the University of Virginia by an out-of-control lacrosse player with a violent past."

The official sentencing for Huguely will come on Aug. 30. It was in 2010 when Huguely stormed into Love's off-campus apartment in a drunken rage and beat her to the point of unconsciousness.

Sharon now says, though, that one surprising source of support was Vice President Joe Biden, who reached out to the family to share his own personal experience of losing a child.

"(He) not only offered compassion, support and advice, but proof that life goes on," she said. "As tough as it is to realize nothing will bring Yeardley back to us, that same realization is our driving force to keep her memory alive."

Vice President Biden and Sharon are joining forces to combat domestic violence and sexual assault against women. The One Love Foundation is focused on addressing the issue of domestic violence at its core.

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