Social Media Dating Concerns Cited In Death Of Virginia Teen

The arrest of two Virginia Tech students in the abduction and murder of a 13-year-old girl who posted on a Facebook group called Teen Dating and Flirting has set off new concerns about the dangers to young people who seek liaisons on social media, the New York Times reports. Students David Eisenhauer, 18, of Columbia, Md., and Natalie Keepers, 19, of Laurel, Md., both aspiring engineers,are being held without bond. They are charged in the death of Nicole Madison Lovell, 13, a liver transplant recipient who disappeared from her home last week. The Times says the murder stunned the college community, though Virginia Tech, the site of a 2007 massacre that was the deadliest shooting by a single gunman in U.S. history, is no stranger to sorrow and tragedy. Stacey Snider, a neighbor of Nicole, said one of her daughters had given law enforcement authorities information that may have played a role in the arrests.

Why Are Milwaukee’s Homicides Spiking? No One Has The Answer

There were 145 homicide victims in Milwaukee last year, the highest total since 1993’s 160. The spike was a nearly 69 percent increase from 2014, an increase higher than the headline-grabbing changes in Baltimore, St. Louis and Washington, D.C., reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The rise in Milwaukee is stark partly because the city recorded one of its lowest totals in a generation in 2014: 86 victims. The question plaguing Milwaukee and other cities with rising homicide totals is the same: Why? “That is the million dollar question,” said Mallory O’Brien, an epidemiologist who leads the Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission, which analyzes shootings in the city looking for causes and solutions.