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The family of slain Instagram model Jenae Gagnier is praising Cardi B for checking trolls who justified her murder because she was a sex worker.

Jenae, who was known to her fans as Mercedes Morr, 33, was strangled to death in her Houston home on Aug. 28 by a stalker who became obsessed with her.

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In an emotional Instagram Story, Cardi B chastised trolls who justified Jenae's death due to her occupation as a sex worker.

Jenae's parents, Jeaneta Grover and Mark Gagnier, say they're thankful to Cardi and they invited her to their daughter's funeral.

Grover tells TMZ the family is grateful Cardi brought awareness to her daughter's tragic death. She said Cardi took the attention off of her daughter's alleged murderer and put it back on Jenae.

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Mark Gagnier called 911 after he kicked in the door and found his daughter dead at the Cortland Apartments in the 5200 block of Pointe West Circle at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 29.

In the kitchen, Jenae's killer, Kevin Accorto, 34, was barely alive with a knife buried in his neck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Gagnier says Accorto spent two days in Jenae's "destroyed" apartment, scrawling rambling messages on the walls and doors.

The family tells TMZ Jenae was a huge fan of Cardi B's. They reached out privately to the Atlanta rapper to extend an invite to the memorial service on Saturday in Houston.

There is no pressure on Cardi to attend the celebration of life. The family says they understand she's a busy woman and they're just thankful Cardi brought awareness to the case.

Grover says if Cardi does show up, her daughter would have been blown away and excited, and everyone would just be grateful she took the time to pay her respects and send love.

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The Florida man who killed Instagram model Janae Gagnier spent two days in her Texas apartment scrawling messages on walls before stabbing himself when her dad kicked in her apartment door.

Richmond police were called to Jenae's home at the Cortland Apartments in the 5200 block of Pointe West Circle at approximately 4:40 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 29.

Her parents, Jeaneta Grover and Mark Gagnier, believe she died on Saturday August 28, when they last heard from her.

"Saturday goes by she is laying dead and we have this man in the apartment," her mother, Grover told ABC7's sister station KTRK-TV.

When Jenae didn't return his calls, Mark Gagnier and his girlfriend rushed to her home at the Cortland Apartments in the 5200 block of Pointe West Circle at approximately 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

"I know my daughter and when I got to my daughter's house and it was locked up and she's not answering my phone call, which is not like her, I knew something was up. So I didn't hesitate to kick the door down," said Gagnier.

Gagnier discovered Jenae's body at the foot of the stairs.

He initially thought she fell down the stairs and died. Then he entered the kitchen and found 34-year-old Kevin Accorto, still alive with a knife buried in his neck.

"He was twitching, he was gurgling... He was there for like two days, writing on the walls.

"There's blood all over the apartment. Supposedly, when I kicked in the door, he ended his life.

"For me to see that, I kind of just was in shock. I just stood there."

"What I saw, I wouldn't want any parent to go through," Gagnier told KTRK-TV.

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He said the apartment had been destroyed, with blood everywhere and messages scrawled in lipstick and a black marker on the apartment walls and doors.

The messages included, "I should have stayed in Florida", "I wish I had never loved her," "I hurt a lot of people" and "I was used for money."

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The 33-year-old IG model had a large following on OnlyFans, where she sold memberships for $10/month.

She also had 2.6 million followers on her @missmercedesmorr Instagram page, where she modeled Fashion Nova outfits.

Gagnier said his daughter's lifestyle and how she earned her money scared him.

"It scared the hell out of me. My daughter was beautiful. That scared the hell out of me. And she kept trying to get more and more beautiful, she worked on it hard. That scared the hell out of me."

Gagnier said he often talked to his daughter about her risky lifestyle.

"My monthly conversation is, 'Jenae you have all these followers. Some probably because they love you, some because they like your look, some more crazy, and some obsessed.'"

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Jenae's Instagram account is filled with seductive photos of herself wearing bikinis and curve-fitting Fashion Nova outfits.

She was careful to blur out her apartment number in her photos.

Gagnier firmly believes that Accorto was a "crazed stalker" who became obsessed with Jenae and somehow tracked her down in Texas.

"I don't know how he found her and I don't know how all this happened," Gagnier said.
 

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Gruesome new details have emerged, as fans continue to mourn popular Instagram model Mercedes Morr across social media.

Cardi B defended the Fashion Nova model, real name Jenae Gagnier, who was found dead in a murder-suicide at her Texas home on Sunday.

In an emotional Instagram Story post, Cardi B chastised people who tried to justify Jenae's death due to her occupation as a sex worker.

"So sad and f-- you b*tches and Nikkas trying to justify it cause of her lifestyle. Ya will hate on a bad b*tch dead of alive. She was a sweetheart."

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Richmond police found Gagnier's body in her home at the Cortland Apartments in the 5200 block of Pointe West Circle at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 29.

A man's body was also found inside the apartment. He was identified as 34-year-old Kevin Accorto, a client who became obsessed with the 33-year-old influencer.

According to the Richmond County medical examiner, Gagnier was strangled to death while Accorto died from multiple self-inflicted "sharp force trauma" injuries.

Jenae's distraught parents, Jeaneta Grover and Mark Gagnier, spoke with ABC7's sister station KTRK-TV about their daughter's lifestyle.

To her parents, she was so much more than an Instagram model.

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"She's a person. That was our baby," said Grover. "She was so famous in her world, and so loved in ours."

But her father said Jenae's lifestyle scared him because of all the surgeries she underwent to attract strange men who objectified her.

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"It scared the hell out of me. My daughter was beautiful. That scared the hell out of me. And she kept trying to get more and more beautiful, she worked on it hard. That scared the hell out of me."

Jenae had a large following on OnlyFans, where she sold memberships for $10/month.

She also had 2.6 million followers on her @missmercedesmorr Instagram page, where she modeled Fashion Nova outfits.

Mark Gagnier described the horror inside the apartment when he arrived to check on his daughter's welfare on Sunday.

He said he "didn't hesitate to kick the door down," when she didn't respond to his calls. "What I saw, I wouldn't want any parent to go through."

Gagnier discovered his daughter's body at the foot of the stairs.

He initially thought she fell down the stairs - until he entered the kitchen and found Accorto still alive with a knife stuck in his neck.

"He was twitching, he was gurgling. I could look in the room and there's writings all over the wall."

In the rambling messages - written in lipstick and a pen - Accorto apologized and professed his unrequited love for Jenae.

Police don't believe Jenae knew Accorto personally.

Gagnier said he often talked to his daughter about her risky lifestyle.

"My monthly conversation is, 'Jenae you have all these followers. Some probably because they love you, some because they like your look, some more crazy, and some obsessed.'"

He firmly believed that Accorto was a "crazed stalker" who somehow found Jenae's address and killed her.

"I don't know how he found her and I don't know how all this happened," Gagnier said.


 

 
FYI: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated Mercedes Morr was found dead in her Chicago home. It should have stated Richmond, Texas.

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Richmond police are investigating the death of popular Houston Instagram model Jenae Gagnier as a murder-suicide.

Gagnier, 33, had a large following on Instagram.com where she was known as "Miss Mercedes Morr."

Police found Gagnier's body while responding to a welfare check call at her home at Cortland Apartments on Sunday, according to ABC13.

A man's body was also found inside the apartment. Police identified the man as 34-year-old Kevin Alexander Accorto. They say there was no known relationship between Gagnier and Accorto.

However, Gagnier's family said Accorto was stalking her, according to Heavy.com.

Gagnier's sister, London, wrote on Instagram: "She wasn't robbed. It was just a stalker from outta state who'd BEEN stalking her."

According to the Richmond County medical examiner, Gagnier was strangled to death while Accorto died from multiple self-inflicted "sharp force trauma" injuries.

Gagnier had a large following on OnlyFans, where she sold memberships for $10/month.

She also had 2.6 million followers on her @missmercedesmorr Instagram page, where she modeled Fashion Nova outfits in exchange for a fee.

"A body to die for," wrote one IG follower in a comment on Tuesday.

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OnlyFans users are mourning the death of Instagram model Jenae Gagnier, also known as Mercedes Morr.

BuzzFeed reports Gagnier was found dead Sunday in Richmond, Texas, in a suspected murder-suicide.

Richmond police found Gagnier's body while responding to a call to conduct a welfare check at Cortland Apartments.

A man's body was also found near Gagnier's body. Police say there was no known relationship between Gagnier and the man who was not identified.

Gagnier's close friend, Htown Ciara, thanked IG friends for "all the prayers and calls in regards to Mercedes" while adding that her "parents are asking that you respect the family."

"We know everyone is concerned. We will update when all the information is confirmed," she added.

Morr, who had 2.7 million Instagram followers, was a star on OnlyFans, where she charged members $10/month for subscriptions.

Like most successful IG models, the 33-year-old Houston native underwent a series of surgeries to boost her online profile.

Thanks to her surgeon, Morr was well on her way to Internet stardom before her life was senselessly cut short.

FYI: An earlier version of this post incorrectly reported that Mercedes Morr was killed in an armed robbery.