Love's body was found Monday after an early morning 911 call, face down on her pillow in a pool of blood. Her face was covered in scrapes and bruises, according to the warrant, and her right eye was swollen shut. A large bruise on the right side of her face "appears to have been caused by blunt force trauma," according to a police request for a search warrant.
The brutality of the crime moved Charlottesville, Va., Police Chief Timothy Longo nearly to tears.
"I'm a 47-year-old with children the age of both these individuals," he said. "You're looking at a child."
"Tragedy is an understatement," Love's longtime friend Kendall Spera said. "There's nothing to say that can convey how terrible it is."
"She had a real kindness about her," Spera, her friend of 10 years, said. "She had very kind eyes. She was so humble. She just was a sweetheart."
Friends said Huguely had a temper and problems with alcohol.
According to the documents, Huguely, waived his Miranda rights Monday and spoke with police, telling them how he kicked through a door on his way to Love's bedroom. Police reported that it looked like the door to her room had been punched through, with hairs still visible hear the hole.
Huguely had cuts on his leg, the document said. Police said they would X-ray his hands and closely examine other injuries that Huguely attributed to lacrosse.
Huguely's lawyer Francis Lawrence said Tuesday during a bond hearing that Love's death was an "accident."
"We are confident that Ms. Love's death was not intended, but an accident with a tragic outcome," Lawrence said.
Love was already dead when police arrived, though rescue personnel tried to revive her.
Huguely told police he and Love had broken up and that he had communicated with her through emails. Before leaving her room, Huguely told police according to the documents, he took her communications and "disposed of it." The police document says Huguely told investigators where to find Love's computer.
Stephen Murman, central regional director for the Virgnia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, told ABCNews.com that an autopsy was performed on Love's body Tuesday, the procedure attended by police officials. He did not release an official cause of death.
They expect to release the body to her family soon.
Huguely appeared at the hearing by videoconference wearing a gray-striped jail uniform. He spoke only at the end of the hearing to say, "Thank you your honor." His parents sat in the audience, but said nothing.They later left through a back entrance without talking to reporters.
Outside the court, Lawrence said Huguely had withdrawn from the university Tuesday, the last day of classes before finals.
"Until more information becomes available," he said, "it is our hope that no conclusions will be drawn or judgments made about George or his case."
The couple, both from well-to-do Maryland families, had been dating for about a year and a half. Their on and off relationship had grown volatile in the weeks before her death, friends said.
The families are saying little, but Huguely's grandfather George Huguely III said publicly that Huguely is "a good kid" and that "hopefully he will be graduating."
Longo said that investigators were withholding information about Love's death, including a possible motive, even to the students' families in order to build as strong a case as possible.
"There's still plenty of people we want to talk to, interviews that need to be done," he said.
It appears, he said, that there were no witnesses to Love's death or the moments that led up to it.
"He appeared upset by the circumstances he found himself in," Longo said of Huguely. "He was cooperative, [but] he was obviously distraught."
Their player profiles on the university's sports website show talented athletes from promising backgrounds.
Love hailed from Cockeysville, Md., and attended the prestigious Notre Dame Preparatory School where she was all-county. At UVA, she was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.
Huguely, according to his athletic profile, was All-American in high school.