Police have charged a second suspect with murder in connection with a north Charlotte triple homicide that made national headlines because one of the victims had been a contestant on “America’s Next Top Model.”
David Ezequel Lopez, 19, is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the February deaths of Jonathan Alvarado, Jusmar Isiah Gonzaga-Garcia, and Mirjana Puhar.
Lopez was interviewed by homicide detectives Thursday night and booked into Mecklenburg County jail.
Police believe the killings on Norris Avenue, a mile north of uptown, were drug-related and that the first suspect arrested, 19-year-old Emmanuel Jesus Rangel, knew the people he’s accused of killing. Police have not said what role they believe Lopez played in the killings.
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She was born in Serbia, and after the Kosovo War, her family fled the country with $50 to their name, she told the Observer in an interview last year. They moved to North Carolina a decade ago. Puhar attended East Mecklenburg High, then Queen’s Grant High in Mint Hill before dropping out at age 16. She later earned her GED at Central Piedmont Community College.