The Catholic Student Ministry at the University of Virginia celebrated Mass at noon Friday for slain student and lacrosse player Yeardley Love.
Love was killed this week and another student has been arrested.Preview
"This is neither a funeral nor the university's memorial service; rather, an opportunity for Catholics within the university to pray for one of our own," the student organization said on its website.
Love is to be buried Saturday in Towson, Maryland.
A male UVA student and lacrosse player has been charged with murder in her death.
The student, George Huguely, 22, was arrested on suspicion of murder Monday, hours after a roommate found Love's body in her off-campus apartment in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Love, also 22, and Huguely played on their school's highly ranked lacrosse teams, which are preparing for the NCAA championship tournaments this month.
Huguely's attorney, Francis Lawrence, said the woman's death was accidental.
"We are confident that Ms. Love's death was not intended, but an accident with a tragic outcome," Lawrence said.
Huguely made his first appearance before a judge in Charlottesville on a first-degree murder charge via video from the county jail Tuesday morning.
His lawyer did not request bond.