BLACKSBURG, Va. – As two Virginia Tech students face charges in the slaying of a 13-year-old girl, their classmates are repeating what they have said following other violent incidents in the last decade: The community is defined not by the crimes themselves, but by the way its people pull together afterward.
Seventh-grader Nicole Madison Lovell's stabbing death last month marks the latest in what seems a disproportionate number of high-profile slayings in the community, including the 2007 mass shooting. Tech freshman David Eisenhauer is charged with abducting and killing Nicole, and classmate Natalie Keepers is charged with helping plan the crime and illegally disposing of the victim's body.
Eisenhauer and Keepers are being held without bond. A preliminary hearing is set for March 28.