Va. Tech murder suspects left few clues to possible motives

Less than a year ago, David Eisenhauer smiled confidently into a television news camera, discussing his athletic and academic aspirations for a weekly feature on high school athletes in the Baltimore area.

Now the subject of sensational murder charges that have shocked those who know him, his university campus and the nation, Eisenhauer remains an enigma, the mystery compounded by his statement to police after his arrest: “I believe the truth can set me free.”

According to police, Eisenhauer, an 18-year-old freshman engineering student and a distance runner on the track team at Virginia Tech, kidnapped and fatally stabbed a 13-year-old girl. Another freshman, 19-year-old Natalie Keepers, is charged with being an accessory before and after the crime, and helping to hide Nicole Lovell’s body off a state highway in North Carolina, two hours south of campus.

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