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Ex-"Top Model" Contestant Mirjana Puhar Among 3 Dead



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    In this file photo, Mirjana Puhar attends America's Next Top Model Cycle 21 premiere party presented by NYLON and LINE at SupperClub on August 20, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The former "ANTM" contestant was found shot dead in a house in the North Carolina Tuesday evening.

    A young man has been charged with killing Mirjana Puhar, a former contestant on "America's Next Top Model."

    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police in North Carolina said in a statement Wednesday that 19-year-old Emmanuel Jesus Rangel-Hernandez has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Puhar and two other victims.

    Puhar, who grew up in Charlotte after her family fled war-torn Serbia, was found shot to death with two other victims, Jusmar Isiah Gonzaga-Garcia, 21, and Jonathan Cosme Alvarado, 23, in a house in the city's Tryon Hills neighborhood Tuesday evening.

    Police said the killings were drug-related, NBC News reports.

    Ken Mok and Tyra Banks, executive producers of America's Next Top Model, released a joint statement Wednesday evening saying they were "deeply saddened" by news of Puhar's death, according to NBC News. "She was a vivacious and promising young woman. Our hearts and prayers go out to her loved ones," they said.

    Police say Rangel-Hernandez is also charged in connection with a murder at a motel Sunday.

    The suspect is being held at a local jail. Online records don't indicate whether he has an attorney.