Janae Gagnier, known as Miss Mercedes Morr on Instagram, was killed over the weekend in her Richmond, Texas home in what police believe was a murder-suicide. The suspected killer, Kevin Alexander Accorto, was also found dead at the scene. The Fort Bend County Medical Examiner ruled his death a suicide.
Gagnier, who had over 2.6 million Instagram followers, did not have a relationship with the 34-year-old, according to her family. The 33-year-old Instagram influencer was strangled to death in her Richmond apartment. Her body was found on Sunday when police arrived to conduct a welfare check. Her official cause of death was listed as homicide by strangulation and traumatic concussion.
The suspected killer was reportedly found dead with “multiple sharp force trauma wounds,” a medical examiner’s report revealed. Richmond police spokesman Lt. Lowell Neinast explained that “at this point in the investigation, it is not believed that there was a relationship between the suspect and the victim.” Police believe that Kevin Alexander Accorto was stalking Janae Gagnier through social media.
According to Gagnier’s sister, London, the two talked to each other on Thursday, and “per usual, you were having an amazing day.” London, who is an up-and-coming social media influencer, posted on the platform Monday, explaining the heartbreaking story to her fans.
“Yesterday was the worst day of my life,” she started the post. “My heart is gone. My soul is gone. My baby… Me [and] mom talked to you on Thursday to check on you [and] per usual, you were having an amazing time. We talk every day. I’m so happy we said we loved you. I’m so happy I got to see your face one last time.”
She added that “I hate this for you. I feel like I’m screaming every 10 mins. F–K ALL THESE PUNK A– ALLEGATIONS that these blogs are posting [and] the comments… She wasn’t robbed. It was just a stalker from outta state who’d BEEN stalking her. Don’t play on my baby’s name EVER. I got daddy & grandma Nae Nae. I feel you with me telling me you’re good. I hate everything right now.”
Police are still investigating the murder. It has not been confirmed that the incident was a murder-suicide, however, that is what Richmond police currently believe.
Miss Mercedes Morr is a popular Instagram model with high-profile followers. According to her Instagram page, some of her followers include Snoop Dogg, Meek Mill, Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion, and Tory Lanez. Lanez posted a tribute to the social media star on his Instagram story Monday.
Others took to Janae Gagnier’s Instagram page to post their tributes. “Please tell me this is not real,” rapper Brittany Bangaz commented on one of Miss Mercedes Morr’s posts.
“Mercedes I’m so sorry,” the rapper continued. “You did not deserve this at all. You had your whole life ahead of you. I remember all our times we had and you have always been the sweetest woman in the world. God bless you and your family. I’m sorry Mercedez rest in heaven.” Fans also took to the comment section to post their condolences.
“Always a sweetheart,” @djmrrogers wrote. “The city will truly miss you.”