2014 Top Model Contestant Dead in Triple Murder

Mirjana Puhar found dead, 19-year-old has been charged
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2015 9:52 AM CST
Updated Feb 26, 2015 10:59 AM CST
2014 Top Model Contestant Dead in Triple Murder
This photo provided by the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office shows Emmanuel Jesus Rangel-Hernandez in Charlotte, NC.   (AP Photo/Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office)

A former America's Next Top Model contestant was found dead Tuesday alongside her boyfriend and another man, and a third man has been charged in the murders. Sources tell TMZ a friend of 19-year-old Mirjana Puhar and her boyfriend, 23-year-old Jonathan Alvarado, went to Alvarado's Charlotte, NC, home after hearing that shots had been fired; he found their bodies, as well as money scattered around the house, and called police. A third body, that of 21-year-old Jusmar Gonzaga-Garcia, was later found in the house; sources say he was Alvarado's best friend and roommate, and that Puhar, who started dating Alvarado a few months ago, had just moved in with them.

Emmanuel Jesus Rangel-Hernandez, 19, has been arrested and charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the case, the AP reports. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ they believe the victims knew him, and that the murders were drug-related; Rangel-Hernandez has also been charged in connection with a murder at a motel Sunday. Tyra Banks and Ken Mok, co-producers of ANTM, confirmed yesterday in a statement that Puhar competed on the 21st cycle of the reality show, which aired last year; she was eliminated in the 10th episode, TMZ notes. Radar has a picture of Puhar. (More murder stories.)

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