In one status update a friend wrote, "Rest in peace Yeardley Love ...you were an amazing person and will be missed by everyone."
In another, "only the good die young -- YL you're in our hearts and prayers."
A sophomore at the university who asked that her name not be used told ABCNews.com that the feeling on campus was "shock."
"The news has definitely spread very quickly," said the student. "Since information was only released a few hours ago, the entire community still seems very shocked by the situation."
"Clearly this situation is incredibly difficult for the entire student population," she said, adding that the news has been especially tough on Love's sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta.
The vice president of the sorority, Christie Hercik, told ABC News the group is "in a state of mourning."
In an interview posted on the Cavaliers' site in 2009, Love said it had been her dream to play lacrosse at Virginia and credited her high school coach with readying her for college sports.
"She not only prepared me to play at the college level, but she taught me important life lessons," Love said in the interview. "She always put a strong focus on good sportsmanship and working together as a team."
Love's death comes as students begin finals this week and their teams prepare for their post-seasons.
University President John Casteen issued a statement saying administrators are not only mourning Love, but that they "feel anger on reading that the investigators believe that another student caused it."
"That she appears now to have been murdered by another student compounds this sense of loss by suggesting that Yeardley died without comfort or consolation from those closest to her," Casteen said, calling Love "a student of uncommon talent and promise."
In a later statement, [[CUT the]]] Casteen said Love "did not deserve to die."
"She deserved the bright future she earned growing up, studying here, and developing her talents as a lacrosse player," Casteen said in the statement. "She deserves to be remembered for her human goodness, her capacity for future greatness, and not for the terrible way in which her young life has ended."
In 2006, then a senior as Landon School in Bethesda, Md., Huguely was interviewed by the Washington Post where he expressed sympathy for the Duke lacrosse players caught up in a sex scandal that later proved to be false. Several of the men in the Duke scandal attended Landon.
"They've been scrutinized so hard and no one knows what has happened yet. In this country, you're supposed to be innocent until proven guilty," he told the Post. "I think that's the way it should be."
The Associated Press contributed to this story.