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A popular Instagram model was killed in what appears to be a murder-suicide, police say.
33-year-old Janae Gagnier, also known by her Instagram name, Miss Mercedes Morr, was found dead in her home on Sunday morning, according to a Richmond Police Department statement given to Oxygen.com. The Fort Bend County Medical Examiner ruled her cause of death as strangulation.
Police also found the body of 34-year-old Kevin Alexander Accorto in Gagnier’s apartment, according to Houston’s KHOU 11. It was determined that he died by suicide with “multiple sharp force trauma.”
Police don’t believe there was a relationship between the victim and the suspect.
“According to the family, they didn’t know him [Accorto] from Adam,” Lt. Lowell Neinast told Oxygen.com. “At this point, there is no known relationship.”
Police confirmed that Accorto was not from the area.
“The suspect has an address in Florida,” said Lt. Neinast.
Gagnier was well known for her modeling, garnering more than 2.6 million followers on Instagram. Several high-profile names followed her account, including Snoop Dog and Megan Thee Stallion.
Many took to her page to express their sadness and shock.
“Yesterday was the worst day of my life,” Gagnier’s sister, London, posted on her Instagram page, accompanied with broken heart emojis. “My heart is gone. My soul is gone. My baby, my f*****g baby…”
Police say they’re still working to establish whether or not there was any communication between Gagnier and Accorto online.
“We are investigating to see if there is any connection on social media whatsoever,” Lt. Neinast told Oxygen.com. “But since she has so many sites, that’s time-consuming. But we’re getting there.”
Police were called to do a welfare check at Gagnier’s on Sunday, according to KHOU. They said there were no signs of forced entry.
“Family just had not heard from her,” Lt. Neinast told Oxygen.com. “We received a welfare check that Sunday and around 4:30 p.m. is when we arrived. That’s when we found what we found.”
“Me & mom talked to you on Thursday to check on you & per usual, you were having an amazing time,” Gagnier’s sister continued in her Instagram post.
Gagnier’s popularity seems to be spreading misinformation about her death online.
“N****s don’t know shit. She wasn’t robbed,” the sister posted, citing unspecified blogs and comments. “It was just a stalker from outta state who’d BEEN stalking her.”
“There are so many social media sites, so many theories out there… we’re trying to put out factual information,” said Lt. Neinsat regarding Gagnier’s murder. “This poor girl, she’s died every way I could possibly think of, according to the internet.”
Police have not yet released a motive.
“What I thought was safe it seems is not,” Gagnier’s neighbor, Roderick Shaw, told Click2Houston. “We have so many rules and so many guidelines I would never expect someone to breach our security and someone be murdered on this property.”
Another neighbor told Click2Houston that the residence was gated and required a code for both entrance and exit.
“I’m so happy we said we loved you,” posted Gagnier’s sister. “I’m so happy I got to see your face one last time. Janae, I’m f*****g sorry. I hate this for you.”
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