This chilling news story from last year depicts a man charged with murdering a 13-year-old as a model student-athlete

David Eisenhauer.

A Virginia Tech student who was charged Saturday with the murder and abduction of a 13-year-old girl was profiled by ABC 2 in Baltimore as its “Student Athlete of the Week” last March.

Eisenhauer, an 18-year-old freshman engineering student at Virginia Tech, was arrested on charges of murdering 13-year-old Nicole Lovell. The two had met on social media, the girl’s mother told The Washington Post, saying police had given her that information.

A cross country and track star at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, Maryland, Eisenhauer came off looking like a perfectionist in his interview with the news station last year.

During the two-minute piece, he said “I” more than 15 times and noted his accomplishments as a runner and a student.

“I make my personal goals achievable or just out-of-reach of achievable,” he said. “That way I’m always striving to better myself. If that goal becomes a record, or if that goal is passed, a record or records get broken in the process. I consider that a milestone goal but that’s not where I ultimately want to end up.”

“I try to just have this internal thing saying I am the best,” he continued. “There’s no reason why I can’t be as good as other people are … I will personally not stop before I reach my peak performance, which could be anywhere.”

The news report also highlighted his experiences in a math class focusing on “differential equations,” with the reporter expressing admiration for Eisenhauer’s desire to push himself in classes perceived to be difficult.

“I’m thinking that this is a super hard math class, but now that I’m in it, and I’m being successful in that class, I’m reviving the spirit in myself saying there is no reason why I can’t do these things,” Eisenhauer said.

At the time of the story’s upload to YouTube, an anonymous source called out Eisenhauer’s integrity, calling him a “phony.”


Eisenhauer was arrested along with Natalie Keepers, a 19-year-old fellow engineering student and sophomore at Virginia Tech. Keepers was chargedwith improper disposal of a dead body and accessory after the fact in the commission of a felony.

Lovell was found near the North Carolina border on Saturday after a four-day search. She was found about 90 miles south of her Blacksburg, Virginia home, where Virginia Tech is located, after going missing from her family’s home Wednesday.

Weeks said she found a nightstand pushed up against her daughter’s bedroom door and that her window was open. Lovell, who underwent a liver transplant, was in need of daily medication.

“God got her through all that, and she fought through all that, and he took her life,” Tammy Weeks, Lovell’s mother, told The Roanoke Times. “That evil bastard took her life.”

Police haven’t revealed the cause of Lovell’s death.

“I’m so in shock I know nothing more to say,” the victim’s father, David Lovell, said on Facebook. “I’m broken!”

Eisenhauer was a member of Virginia Tech’s cross country team. He was named the Howard County Times/Columbia Flier Indoor Track Athlete of the year for 2015.

Business Insider has reached out to lawyers for Eisenhauer and Keepers.A lawyer for Eisenhauer declined to comment, and an attorney for Keepers did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Here’s the March 2015 story from ABC 2: