February 18, 2016
Thirteen-year-old Nicole Lovell was stabbed to death, but what could have been the motive?
Nicole’s father, David, sat down with Dr. Phil to discuss his daughter’s death, allegedly plotted by two Virginia Tech students – 18-year-old David Eisenhauer and 19-year-old Natalie Keepers, who have been charged in the case.
“[Were they] girlfriend/boyfriend, she found out and killed my daughter? I don’t know. That’s one [theory]. Were Nicole and this boy having some sort of relationship, some sort of talk, some sort of contact? My daughter Nicole wanted to report it or something to that effect, and they killed her for that? I don’t know…," David speculates.
“There are so many unanswered questions right now that I don’t want to speculate too much because then I’m just going to drive myself crazy,” Nicole’s father adds.
In the emotional interview, airing Wednesday, David opens up about what could have led to his daughter’s gruesome killing, after she disappeared from her Blacksburg, VA home on January 27, 2016.
Noting he still isn’t sure who killed his teenage daughter, David tells Dr. Phil, “It’s just so hard to fathom how two people could do it all much less trying to make sense of it. To think of the nightmare my little baby went through.”
David, who says he believes his daughter met Eisenhauer on a smartphone messaging app and says the 13-year-old would not have let anyone end her life without a fight, also talked about the day Nicole’s body was brought to the funeral home.
“When they brought her to the funeral home, I couldn’t look at her body. I don’t want to know where she was stabbed. I don’t want to know if there was any kind of, how does a dad say this, what my daughter went through,” David explains, sharing his raw emotion with Dr. Phil. “I know that she was murdered and I know that I want justice for that. But as far going in and seeing the wounds, I’m not man enough to handle that. I couldn’t be as strong as I am right now if I would’ve seen that.”