Father of 13-Year-Old Murder Victim 'Bet She Fought Like a Wildcat'

David Lovell made the remarks to Dr. Phil McGraw.

— -- The father of a 13-year-old girl allegedly murdered by a Virginia Tech student said he "bet she fought like a wildcat," according to a new interview.

David Lovell, the father of Nicole Lovell, made the comments to Dr. Phil McGraw in an interview set to air Wednesday.

“I bet she fought like a wildcat," David Lovell said. "I mean she’s my kid. I know she fought like a wildcat.”

Virginia Tech student David Eisenhauer allegedly was "acquainted" with the victim and "used this relationship to his advantage to abduct the 13-year-old and then kill her," the Blacksburg Police Department said in a statement.

He was charged with murder and kidnapping.

His friend, Natalie Keepers, was charged as an accessory both before and after the fact as well as with improper disposal of a body.

Both were scheduled for preliminary hearings in March and had not entered pleas as of last week.