The Latest: Mourners remember slain teen at visitation

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Posted: Feb 03, 2016 7:59 PM
The Latest: Mourners remember slain teen at visitation

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — The Latest on a 13-year-old Virginia girl who was killed and the two Virginia Tech students charged in her death (all times local):

7 p.m.

The steady flow of mourners to a Blacksburg, Virginia, funeral home to pay respects to a slain teenager has slowed as the two-hour visitation draws to a close.

Workers at McCoy Funeral Home used lighted orange batons to continue directing people to parking spaces Wednesday evening. Visitors began filling the parking lot at 5 p.m. to say their goodbyes to 13-year-old Nicole Lovell.

Among the early mourners was Katie Wilson, who said her mother was longtime friends with Nicole's mother. Before entering the funeral home, Wilson remembered watching the girl grow up and having to endure illnesses. She said Nicole's death "breaks my heart."

Wilson said for all Nicole went through, she was a happy child who impacted her life.

Although the visitation was scheduled to end at 7, cars were still pulling into the parking lot.

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5:30 p.m.

A steady stream of cars filled the parking lot of a Blacksburg, Virginia, funeral home as mourners paid their respects to a 13-year-old who authorities say was stabbed to death.

Visitation for Nicole Lovell was held Wednesday afternoon. Two Virginia Tech students have been charged in the death of Nicole Lovell.

When the visitation began, a number of cars were already in the parking lot of McCoy Funeral Home. Within 20 minutes, the parking lot was nearly full, save for those spaces where snow was piled up.

Funeral home workers were stationed at the edge of the parking lot and used orange batons to direct traffic.

Reporters were not allowed at the visitation, leaving them and photographers to witness the continuous flow of visitors from a shopping center parking lot across the street.

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4:15 p.m.

A bail hearing is scheduled for a Virginia Tech student charged as being an accessory in the stabbing death of a 13-year-old girl.

The Montgomery County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court clerk's office says Natalie Keepers' hearing is now set for 11 a.m. Thursday. It originally had been scheduled for Wednesday.

The 19-year-old engineering student is charged with accessory before and after the fact, as well as with illegally disposing of Nicole Lovell's body. Keepers' classmate, 18-year-old David Eisenhauer, is charged with kidnapping and first-degree murder.

Both defendants are being held without bond.

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1 p.m.

The bail hearing for a Virginia Tech student charged as an accessory in the stabbing death of a 13-year-old girl was canceled.

Natalie Keepers' attorney had requested the hearing after she was charged with accessory after the fact and illegally disposing of Nicole Lovell's body. Another charge of being an accessory before the fact was filed Tuesday afternoon.

The Montgomery County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court clerk's office said Wednesday morning that the hearing, originally set for 12:30 p.m., was removed from the docket.

Keepers' classmate, David Eisenhauer, is charged with kidnapping and murder. He and Keepers are being held without bail. Their next court appearance is set for March 28.

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This item has been corrected to show that the charge filed Tuesday was accessory before the fact, not after.

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4:25 a.m.

A Virginia Tech student charged as an accessory in the stabbing death of a 13-year-old girl is set to have a bail hearing.

Authorities have said Natalie Keepers helped dispose of seventh-grader Nicole Lovell's body and they added an additional charge of an accessory before the fact, but they haven't yet explained her role in the killing. Keepers' bail hearing is Wednesday.

Her classmate, David Eisenhauer, is jailed on charges of kidnapping and murder. He hasn't had a bail hearing or entered a plea. In an arrest warrant, he told police the "truth would set him free" but the document did not elaborate on what he meant.

Both Eisenhauer and Keepers graduated from nearby high schools in Maryland.

A neighbor says Nicole had talked about sneaking out to see her 18-year-old boyfriend, whom she met online.