The Latest: After slaying, Virginia Tech students in court

The Latest on the alleged abduction and slaying of a 13-year-old Virginia girl (all times local):

10:25 a.m.

Two Virginia Tech students accused in the death of a 13-year-old girl have made their first appearances in a courtroom.

Eighteen-year-old David Eisenhauer made a brief appearance in a Montgomery County courtroom on Monday out of sight of reporters. Eisenhauer was scheduled to appear at 10 a.m., but showed up ahead of time. The clerk's office said Eisenhauer had retained court-appointed attorney Chris Tuck. He is charged with first-degree murder and abduction in the death of 13-year-old Nicole Madison Lovell. Her body was found near the Virginia-North Carolina border.

Police have not said how she was killed or released a motive for the slaying.

Nineteen-year-old Natalie Keepers entered the court wearing an orange jumpsuit with handcuffs and shackles. She is charged with improper disposal of a body and accessory after the fact. She told Judge Robert Viar (VY'-ur) Jr. that she understood the charges against her and had retained counsel, attorney Kris Olin.

Both have their next court date is March 28.

The students did not enter a plea.


9:35 a.m.

The mother of a slain Virginia teenager says the girl endured bullying at school and on social media before her death.

Tammy Weeks told The Washington Post ( that 13-year-old Nicole Madison Lovell often cried to stay home from school. Nicole told her that girls called her fat and talked about her scars from a liver transplant she had when she was 5.

Weeks says her daughter loved pandas and wanted to be on "America Idol" when she got older.

Police have charged an 18-year-old Virginia Tech student, David Eisenhauer of Columbia, Maryland, with first-degree murder and abduction. Another Tech student, 19-year-old Natalie Marie Keepers of Laurel, Maryland, is charged with improper disposal of a body and accessory after the fact in the commission of a felony.

Police say Lovell's remains were found Saturday in Surry County, North Carolina.

(Corrects that mother of slain teen spoke to The Washington Post, not The Roanoke Times)


4:05 a.m.

A 13-year-old girl who police say was abducted and killed by a Virginia Tech student is being remembered by friends as an "angel" on Earth.

Eighteen-year-old David Eisenhauer has been charged with first-degree murder and abduction in the death of Nicole Madison Lovell, whose body was found over the weekend in North Carolina.

Another Virginia Tech student, 19-year-old Natalie Keepers, also faces charges in connection with Lovell's death.

Davy Draper, who said he's a close family friend of the Lovells and knew the teen most of her life, called her an energetic and outspoken girl who got along with everyone.

A spokesman for the Blacksburg Police Department said officials didn't yet know when the two suspects would make their first court appearances.