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Father of slain Virginia 13-year-old Nicole Lovell opens up

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 8:54 PM

Nicole Lovell's father, David Lovell, told Dr. Phil that he knows his daughter "fought like a wildcat" for her life.drphil.com/CBS Television

Nicole Lovell’s father, David Lovell, told Dr. Phil that he knows his daughter “fought like a wildcat” for her life.

He learned about his 13-year-old daughter’s death not from cops but while watching TV.

In an emotional “Dr. Phil” episode that aired Wednesday, David Lovell said authorities forgot to tell him before they informed reporters that the remains of missing teen Nicole Lovell had been found about a hundred miles away from her Virginia home a few days after she vanished.

The grieving dad said cops have since confirmed his daughter was stabbed to death, but they have not detailed a motive for the senseless slaying or whether Nicole was sexually assaulted by murder suspect David Eisenhauer, an undergraduate at Virginia Tech.

Eisenhauer, 18, has been charged with abduction and first-degree murder in the case.

Authorities say fellow Virginia Tech student Natalie Keepers, 19, helped hatch the elaborate plan to kill Nicole and dispose of her body.

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The duo allegedly scouted out a secluded spot and bought cleaning supplies and shovels from separate Walmarts to cover up their crime.

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Nicole Lovell’s grandfather Fred Hawks and mother Tammy Weeks attend a vigil in honor of Nicole Lovell in downtown Blacksburg Va., Monday.

Keepers has been charged as an accessory in the killing.

Lovell told Dr. Phil that his daughter, who disappeared from her mother’s home in Blacksburg on Jan. 27, likely fought hard for her life.

“I bet she fought like a wildcat,” he said. “She’s my kid. I know she fought like a wildcat.”

Police told him the suspects planned to slit her throat but never succeeded.

He said he didn’t know where her stab wounds ended up because he couldn’t bring himself to view them.

“When they brought her to the funeral home, I couldn’t look at her body,” he said. “I know that she was murdered, and I know that I want justice for that. But as far as going in and seeing the wounds, I’m not man enough to handle that.”

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Lovell said he didn’t take his eyes off Keepers in court when she testified on her own behalf in a bid to gain release on bail.

“If I could have killed her with my eyes, I would have,” he said.

He scoffed at Keepers’ complaints about not receiving gluten-free meals or her full dosage of depression medication in jail.

“What’s the issue? She’s in jail for murdering my daughter. I don’t give a damn how depressed you are. Good, be depressed,” he said.

Lovell broke down crying as he expressed regret for not keeping a closer eye on his daughter as she talked to older men online.

Virginia Tech freshman David Eisenhauer (l.) has been abduction and first-degree murder in the death of Nicole Lovell. Authorities say Natalie Keepers (r.) helped hatch the plan.AP/Blacksburg Police Department

Virginia Tech freshman David Eisenhauer (l.) has been abduction and first-degree murder in the death of Nicole Lovell. Authorities say Natalie Keepers (r.) helped hatch the plan.

It was on a social media website that she allegedly met Eisenhauer.

The dad, who is no longer with Nicole’s mom, said he had “so many regrets” and wished he would have taken Nicole’s phone and intervened before the tragedy.

“I would have locked her down and grabbed her up and hugged her and told her, ‘You’re so loved, you don’t need to be worrying about all these boys. You’re beautiful,’” the dad told Dr. Phil.

“I’m doing a lot of blaming myself,” he said.

“If I would have been there, maybe she wouldn’t have went looking for acceptance from older guys,” he said. “I mean, there’s regrets I’ll have and I’ll never get over it.”

With News Wire Services

ndillon@nydailynews.com


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