Virginia Tech students "shocked" to learn of freshman's arrest in case of missing Blacksburg teen

By Kristen Eskow | keskow@virginiafirst.com

Published 01/31 2016 12:25PM

Updated 01/31 2016 12:28PM

Many Virginia Tech students said they were "shocked" Saturday when they learned a freshman at the university had been arrested in connection with the disappearance of a Blacksburg teen.

According to university officials, David Eisenhauer is a freshman at Virginia Tech from Columbia, Md. who is studying engineering. Following the discovery of Lovell's body Saturday, Eisenhauer faces abduction and first-degree murder charges, according to police.

Many students on the Tech campus said they first learned of the arrest in an email sent to the student body from university officials Saturday afternoon.

"We leave our doors open here sometimes," said Corey Buck, a freshman at Virginia Tech. "People won't even steal from other rooms here. So to hear that a kid somehow is connected to a 13-year-old girl abduction is pretty sickening."

"I was really shocked," said Kendall Richardson, another Virginia Tech freshman. "I would not expect anything like that to happen here at Tech. It was a real surprise...especially a freshman student, someone who's brand-new here - never would have thought that would happen."

In a statement Saturday afternoon, Virginia Tech officials said with a felony arrest, they have the authority to place Eisenhauer on immediate interim suspension if they choose to do so.

Following the announcement from authorities of Lovell's death, Virginia Tech president Tim Sands sent a letter to the university community Saturday evening, saying the school is "in a state of shock and sadness."

In the letter, Sands also offered his condolences to Lovell's family and friends and listed support services being offered to the campus community. 

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