A 13-year-old Virginia girl police say was abducted and murdered by a Virginia Tech student may have met her alleged killer online, the victim’s mother said Sunday.
Tammy Weeks told The Washington Post that authorities said Nicole Lovell likely had some sort of relationship with 18-year-old David Eisenhauer on social media.
“That’s all I know,” Weeks told the paper. “It was some off-the-wall site I never heard of.”
Eisenhauer, a freshman at Virginia Tech, has been charged with first-degree murder and abduction in Lovell’s death. The girl’s body was found Saturday at the side of a road just over the North Carolina state line.
Another Virginia Tech student, 19-year-old Natalie Keepers, has been charged with one felony count of improper disposal of a body and one misdemeanor count of accessory after the fact in the commission of a felony.
The Post reported that Nicole had survived a series of health problems, including a liver transplant, lymphoma and the staph infection MRSA. Weeks said her daughter had been bullied both at school and on social media due to her appearance.
“She didn’t like going to school,” Weeks told the Post. “She was telling me that girls were saying she was fat and talking about her scars from her transplant.”
The paper also reported that Nicole frequently posted updates to Facebook and Instagram about her search for teenage romance. At one point, she posted pictures of herself on a Facebook forum called “Teen Dating and Flirting” and asked if she was cute. Her post reportedly received 304 replies, many of them negative.
Blacksburg police had previously said that Eisenhauer and Lovell knew each other prior to her murder, but declined to say exactly how. Police spokesman Lt. Mike Albert said Eisenhauer “used this relationship to his advantage” to abduct and kill Lovell.
Lovell, who lived in Blacksburg, where Virginia Tech is located, is believed to have slipped out of her room sometime early Wednesday. Her family said a nightstand had been pushed against her door and her window was open. They initially raised the alarm because Nicole needed daily medication as a result of her liver transplant.
“God got [Nicole] through [her health issues], and she fought through all that, and he took her life,” Weeks said. “That evil bastard took her life.”