Officials reveal the two Virginia Tech students allegedly involved in murdering a Virginia 13-year-old on Jan. 27 may have planned her death in advance.
Engineering student David Eisenhauer, 18, has been charged with the first-degree murder of Nicole Lovell.
Fellow student Natalie Keepers, 19, is accused of helping Eisenhauer dispose of the body. On Feb. 2, her charges were upgraded to include being an accessory before the murder.
Detectives revealed on Feb. 2 the duo may have planned the murder three weeks earlier.
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The Daily Beast reports that officials refused to elaborate on these most recent discoveries.
“I will not jeopardize the many hours of work that these officers have done for Nicole. Therefore I will not be releasing any additional factual information outside the courtroom,” Montgomery County Commonwealth's Attorney Mary Pettitt said.
Eisenhauer met the girl after befriending her via the smartphone messenger app Kik. They reportedly entered a romantic relationship.
“Eisenhauer used this relationship to his advantage to abduct the 13-year-old and then kill her. Keepers helped Eisenhauer dispose of Nicole's body,” said police.
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Friends revealed Nicole spoke of sneaking out of her home to meet up with the boy.
“She said that he was 18, but I didn’t think it was real,” friend Jaydon Snider, 8, said. 'I was like, "You shouldn’t do that."'
Nicole’s mother, Tammy Weeks, described Nicole as a “very loveable person.”
But the teenager was troubled. She was bullied at school and suffered from non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Nicole received a liver transplant and nearly lost her life when she was a baby due to health problems.
''We were advised at that time she only had a 1 percent chance of survival. [Nicole] once again beat the odds though. After eight months in the hospital she was released and she started to thrive,” Weeks said.
Unfortunately, the transplant left physical and psychological scars.
“Nicole didn't like going to school because girls called her fat and talked about her transplant scars. “It got so bad I wouldn't send her,” Weeks said.
'”God got her through all that, and she fought through all that, and he took her life,” she added.