May 12, 2010 11:55 AM

The mother of a University of Virginia man charged with killing a woman in the same lacrosse program has broken her silence, revealing her anguish at Yeardley Love’s death and asking for privacy to grieve.

George Huguely’s mother, Marta Murphy, writes in a statement: “Though my pain is great, it will never come close to the anguish felt by the Love family. Along with my family, I am devastated and confused. We are all trying to understand and cope as best we can.”

She adds: “Yeardley was part of our lives. I got to know her as George’s mom. She was a sweet wonderful young woman with a limitless future. Also as a mother, I hope that people can understand that both George’s father and I love our son.”

Murphy also asks for privacy to “continue to grieve and try to cope with this tragedy.”

RELATED: University of Virginia Lacrosse Player Yeardley Love Laid to Rest
Love, 22, was found dead in the bedroom of her off-campus apartment in Charlottesville, Va., in the early morning hours of May 3, having suffered physical trauma. Huguely, also 22, is being held on first-degree murder charges.

Huguely admitted being involved in a violent altercation with Love, according to Charlottesville police.

For more on Yeardley Love’s death, and whether she could have been saved, pick up PEOPLE on newsstands Friday

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