Former American’s Next Top Model Contestent, Mirjana Puhar Found Dead

Mirjana Puhar who was a contestant on last year’s season of American’s Next Top Model has been found dead in a triple homicide in North Carolina.

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Puhar who was just 19, her boyfriend, Jonathan Cosme Alvarado, 23, along with a friend named Jusmar Isiah Gonzaga-Garcia, 21, were all found shot inside a house in Charlotte, North Carolina yesterday. Puhar had moved to the U.S. when she was just five from Serbia with her family to escape the Kosovo War. Puhar appeared on the reality TV show but was unfortunately eliminated in the 10th episode.

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A 19 year old man named Emmanuel Jesus Rangel has been arrested and charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths, all of three victims.  Police say the shootings were drug related, according to the Charlotte Observer and that the victims and their killer knew each other.

Apparently Puhar had just moved in with the tow other victims in the shooting. Authorities say they discovered the bodies after a tip came in. There has been no official word on how the victims died, but TMZ reported that the three bodies were found after the sounds of gunshots were heard.

A friend confirmed the tragic news today on Puhar’s Instagram page. “It has been confirmed,” Chelsea, wrote this morning. “Everyone keep family and friends in prayer. Everything is still under investigation. Thank you.”

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Rangel has also been charged in another murder that took place Sunday morning. He and three other people have been charged in a homicide that took place at motel in Matthews, police said. Authorities found two men with gun wounds inside a car, after responding to reports of a shooting at the Microtel Hotel. It is unknown as of yet if both cases are related.


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