On January 27, Tammy Weeks went to check on her 13-year-old daughter in the middle of the night and found the door barricaded. She then noticed the open window and called the police.
After a three-day, frantic search, the body of Nicole Lovell was found 80 miles from her home in Blacksburg, Virginia, according to CNN.
But why had this seemingly innocent teenager been so far away from home? It was later discovered that she had been on the popular social media platform Kik and had been messaging Virginia Tech freshman David Eisenhauer, according to the Huffington Post.
A college track and field athlete, Eisenhauer seemingly had an inappropriate relationship with Lovell, authorities told CNN. When Lovell wanted to make the relationship public, Eisenhauer supposedly lured her out of her house and then stabbed her in hopes of keeping the relationship a secret. He even had help from his friend, Natalie Keepers, who allegedly helped him plan the murder and hide Lovell’s body.
This has caused the Kik app to gain attention, primarily due to the fact that Eisenhauer and Lovell communicated mainly through the app.
But what exactly is this app?
As the video explained, Kik is a social media platform where users can text each other, but instead of phone numbers each user has an anonymous username. This has led to predators using the app, also as the video stated.
Police obtained a warrant for Eisenhauer’s arrest even before the body was found, according to CNN, due to overwhelming evidence all found from conversations he had with Lovell on Kik.
Lovell even showed some of her friends from middle school conversations from the app and called him her “boyfriend.”
The use of this app is how Eisenhauer convinced Lovell to sneak out of her house and into his car, and ultimately to her death just hours later.
A Kik app spokesperson told CNN that it had fully cooperated with an FBI investigation into the case against Eisenhauer.