‘ANTM’ Cycle 21 Contestant Mirjana Puhar Is Murdered in Triple Homicide; Tyra Banks and Co-Stars Mourn Over Loss
One of the most outspoken and memorable contestants in the history of “America’s Next Top Model” (ANTM), Mirjana Puhar, was murdered on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in Charlotte, North Carolina at her boyfriend’s house. Read on for further details.
According to TMZ, Puhar, 19, was included in the triple homicide with her boyfriend, Jonathan Cosme Alvarado, 23, and Jusmar Isiah Gonzaga-Garcia, 21.
TMZ reported that a friend of the couple saw the after-murder scene firsthand after receiving a call about gunshots inside the house. The witness only saw two dead bodies and money scattered around their home before calling the police.
The Washington Times reported that suspect, Emmanuel Jesus Rangel, 19, was arrested on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. He was charged with three counts of first-degree murder.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department announced that the homicide was related to drugs. They believed that the victims knew Rangel.
Based on the Charlotte Observer’s report, Rangel was also charged in relation to the shooting incident on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, in Matthews.
Sources said that Puhar lived with her boyfriend for only a few months.
In 2014, the 18-year-old “ANTM” Cycle 21 contestant was eliminated in the 10th episode.
According to HollywoodLife.com, “ANTM” producer and supermodel Tyra Banks and co-producer Ken Mok have released a statement about their thoughts on Puhar’s tragic demise.
The two executive producers told HollywoodLife.com that they are “deeply saddened” about the news. They described her as a “vivacious” and “promising young woman.” They extended their hearts and prayers to the late model’s loved ones.
Aside from the producers, Puhar’s co-stars also expressed their sadness on Twitter. Romeo Barcelona was close to Puhar from the first episode, while Will Jardell got some issues with Puhar’s attitude as the season went on. Runway guru Miss J Alexander also mourned for the loss.
Puhar was one of the most controversial contestants on Cycle 21 because of her fearless attitude. She was best described as a “player” for having a relationship with two male contestants while having a boyfriend at home.
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