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Virginia Tech Students Charged in Seemingly Random Murder of 13-Year-Old Girl

Virginia Tech student David Eisenhauer in a booking photo.

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office/Handout via Reuters

A Virginia Tech engineering student has been charged with abducting and killing a local 13-year-old girl and another student is charged with helping dispose of the body, police in Blacksburg, Virginia, say. From the Washington Post:

Virginia Tech student David Eisenhauer, 18, of Columbia, Md., was arrested early Saturday at his dorm in Blacksburg and charged with abduction. Hours later, he was charged with first-degree murder after Virginia State Police located the remains of Nicole Madison Lovell on Route 89, in Surry County, N.C., along the Virginia line, Blacksburg police said. …

Law enforcement officials on Sunday arrested a second Virginia Tech student in the case. Natalie Marie Keepers, 19, of Laurel, Md., was arrested on felony charges Sunday morning, alleging that she helped to dispose of the body, police said.

Authorities have not commented specifically on Eisenhauer’s motive for allegedly killing Lovell but have said that they knew each other. Lovell’s mother told the Post that police said Eisenhauer and Lowell may have met via social media.

Both Eisenhauer and Keepers are engineering students; Eisenahuer is a former high school cross-country champion who is (or was) a member of the Virginia Tech cross-country team.