- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - The Latest on the death of a 13-year-old Virginia girl and the two college students charged (all times local):

3 p.m.

The mother of a 13-year-old girl found dead over the weekend says her daughter beat the odds through several health scares and touched many people in her short life.

Tammy Weeks spoke briefly at a news conference Tuesday afternoon. She says her daughter, Nicole Madison Lovell, had passion for pandas, music and dance, and her favorite color was blue. Weeks says she called her daughter “Coley” (KOH’-lee) as a nickname. She described Nicole having a liver transplant and later slipping into a coma. As Weeks read her statement, she cried and was unable to finish. She was ushered away, and another man finished reading for her.

Police said at the news conference that funeral arrangements have been made and details will be released this afternoon, but access will be restricted at the family’s request.


2:45 p.m.

Investigators say they are pursuing more than 400 leads in the case of a 13-year-old Virginia girl who prosecutors say died of a stabbing.

Two Virginia Tech students have been charged in her death. David Eisenhauer has been charged with kidnapping and with first-degree murder in the death of Nicole Madison Lovell. She disappeared from her home last Wednesday, setting off a frantic search. Her body was found Saturday, hidden off a North Carolina road, two hours south of campus.

Natalie Keepers is accused of helping dispose of the girl’s body and is being charged as an accessory before and after the fact. Keepers has a bond hearing scheduled for Wednesday. Eisenhauer is also jailed.

Local, state and federal authorities are trying to reconstruct timeline of the students’ movements after Nicole disappeared. Nicole put a dresser in front of her bedroom door and climbed out the window last week.


2:20 p.m.

A prosecutor says a preliminary investigation shows that a 13-year-old Virginia girl died of a stabbing on the same day she disappeared from her home.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Mary Pettitt said Tuesday during a news conference that the investigation shows that Nicole Lovell died on Wednesday, Jan. 27. Two Virginia Tech students have been charged in her death. The prosecutor says one of them, Natalie Keepers, will have an additional charge of accessory before the fact.

The prosecutor did not explain why the change was added or give a motive for the slaying. She did not take questions.

Before the prosecutor spoke, Nicole’s mother talked about her daughter, saying she had survived various health ailments during her young life.

She says her daughter had a passion for pandas, music and dreamed of being on the television show “American Idol.” She became choked up and had to step away from the podium before she could finish reading a statement.

(Corrects that Keepers faces an additional charge of accessory before the fact.)


8:55 a.m.

The mother of a 13-year-old girl found dead over the weekend says she will speak at a news conference arranged by police in Virginia.

Tammy Weeks came to the door at her apartment in Blacksburg, a few miles from Virginia Tech, on Tuesday morning. Weeks shared two photographs of her daughter, 13-year-old Nicole Madison Lovell, whose body was found Saturday across the state line in North Carolina.

One photo shows Nicole sticking out her tongue around age 10, wearing a shirt with an actor from the “Twilight” movies. The other shows Nicole in a Mountain Dew hat and Dr. Pepper shirt last summer.

Blacksburg police said via email that a news conference is scheduled for 2 p.m. Weeks says she’ll speak but didn’t give further details.

Two Virginia Tech students are charged, but police haven’t said how their lives intersected with Nicole’s.


This item has been corrected to show that Nicole Lovell’s mother’s apartment is a couple of miles, not a couple of blocks, from the Virginia Tech campus.


4:25 a.m.

Police still aren’t saying exactly how the lives of a slain seventh-grader and two Virginia Tech students charged in her death intersected.

Investigators have released no details about what happened to 13-year-old Nicole Madison Lovell after she climbed out of her bedroom window last week. Her body was found Saturday after a four-day search just across the state line in North Carolina.

Eighteen-year-old David Eisenhauer is charged with kidnapping and first-degree murder. Nineteen-year-old Natalie Keepers is charged with improper disposal of a body and accessory after the fact in the commission of a felony. The two students from Maryland made their initial court appearances Monday but said little.

Their lawyers have declined to comment.

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