BLACKSBURG — A candlelight vigil for Nicole Lovell, a 13-year-old who was murdered nearly two weeks ago, will be held at 7:30 p.m. tonight in downtown Blacksburg.
The vigil will be held on the College Avenue Promenade between Main Street and Draper Road. There will be speakers, a hymn and a moment of silence by candlelight. There will be a limited number of candles, but attendees are asked to bring their own.
“I have spoken to the family of Nicole Lovell and while they are devastated by the loss of their precious daughter, they hold no ill feelings towards anyone other than the individuals who are responsible for her death,” said Blacksburg Police Chief Anthony Wilson. “They would like nothing better than to have Nicole’s memory be associated with building a greater sense of community. College Avenue has always been a gathering place for the community to come together as one. The family has no reservations with any celebration of Nicole’s life being held there and appreciates the outpouring of support they have received during this extremely difficult time.
College Avenue will be closed beginning this afternoon and until 10:30 p.m.
The body of Lovell, a 13-year-old from Blacksburg, was discovered along a roadside Jan. 30. Preliminary reports state that her throat was slit on or near Jan. 27, the day she went missing. Two Virginia Tech students from Maryland, David Eisenhauer and Natalie Weeks, have been charded in her abduction and murder.