2 Virginia Tech Students Arrested for Abduction, Murder of Blacksburg TeenBy Russell Westerholm
Police have arrested two Virginia Tech students on charges of the abduction and murder of a teenager that lived in Blacksburg.
According to The Roanoke Times, police first arrested Natalie Marie Keepers, 19, Sunday morning on a felony charge of improper disposal of a body and a misdemeanor charge of being an accessory to a felony after the fact. Police then arrested David Edmond Eisenhauer, 18, later Sunday on charges of first-degree murder and abduction. Both are being held wthout bail.
The Blacksburg Police believe Eisenhauer met Nicole Madison Lovell, 13, online and got her to meet him. She went missing Wednesday and her body turned up in Surry County, North Carolina on Saturday, The Times reported.
Details of Lovell's murder are currently unavailable and police are also not disclosing the nature of Eisenhauer's relationship to either Lovell or Keepers. Eisenhauer and Keepers are both engineering students at Virginia Tech and are from neighboring towns in Maryland, according to a news release from the school.
Once Lovell was located, Blacksburg Police Chief Anthony Wilson stated investigators worked quickly to pick up those allegedly responsible, USA Today reported.
"This has been an extremely fast-paced investigation," he said in a statement. "We still have a great deal to do as there are multiple interviews to conduct and evidence to [be] collected and analyzed."
Tammie Weeks, Lovell's 43-year-old mother, told The Washington Post her daughter had scars from a liver transplant that kids at school teased her for. Weeks also said her daughter survived the MRSA staph bacterial infection and lymphoma at the age of five.
"When she grew up, she wanted to be on 'American Idol,'" Weeks said. "She loved to sing and dance. She loved anything to do with 5 Seconds of Summer. She loved country music, too - Elvis Presley, Conway Twitty. She liked Jason Aldean, Sam Hunt, all of them. I took her to a Brad Paisley concert when they had it at Tech.
While Weeks talked to Nicole's teachers and kept her daughter home when the bullying was too much, she could not do anything about what other kids said online.