Tina Tintor, the 23-year-old woman killed when ex-NFL star Henry Ruggs allegedly rear ended her car, is remembered by friends and family for her charisma and intelligence. 

Tintor, who was employed at Target and was heading home early Tuesday morning when she was killed, became trapped in her vehicle after prosecutors said Ruggs rammed into it at 156 miles per hour. 

Both Tintor and her dog, Maxi, were killed in the ensuing fire — haunting images that a bystander captured on video

Her family has not announced plans for a funeral or public remembrance ceremony, but loved ones and well wishers of the slain 23-year-old erected a memorial near the crash site on Thursday. 

Friend: Tina Tintor Hoped to Gain Citizenship

Bojana Filipovic told local reporters that she and Tintor were lifelong friends. 

“We met when we were 5 years old in the same neighborhood she lives in now. That’s where she was heading,” Filipovic told FOx 5 Vegas. 

Both young women were natives of Serbia and had grown up in Las Vegas’ Serbian immigrant community, she said. 

According to Filipovic, she and Tintor had spent the hours before her death taking her dog, Maxi, on a late night walk, as they often did. 

“We always go to parks and walk her dogs and just hang out and have a good time,” Filipovic said. “And just think about our future. We were just talking about going to Serbia together,” she said

Filipovic said Tintor had just dropped her off and was headed home early Tuesday morning when the accident happened. 

Tina Tintor and her dog Maxi were trapped in their burning car after prosecutors said ex-NFL player Henry Ruggs rear ended her at 156 mph.
Tina Tintor and her dog Maxi were trapped in their burning car after prosecutors said ex-NFL player Henry Ruggs rear ended her at 156 mph. Photo credit: TMZ Sports

“She was just about to get her citizenship and everything was going swell,” she told reporters.

Filipovic didn’t know that something was wrong until Wednesday morning, when she said she heard from Tintor’s mother. 

“Her mom was calling me crying like, ‘Hey, can you check if that’s her car. She wasn’t coming home. She was supposed to wake up at 7 a.m. to run errands but she never got home with her dog,’” she said.

“I love you very much,” Filipovic said of her friend. “I wish I got to say goodbye, and I’ll see you in the next life.”

Family and Community Remember Tina Tintor

Bojana Filipovic said she’ll always remember her best friend’s kindness. 

“She’d give you a shoulder to lean on, and she’ll always slap sense into you if you do something wrong,” she said

She called Tintor charismatic and intelligent, and added that the 23-year-old planned to work in computer programming. 

Tina Tintor, 23, and her dog Maxi died in their burning vehicle after prosecutors said ex-Las Vegas Raiders player Henry Ruggs drunkenly rear ended them Tuesday night.
Tina Tintor, 23, and her dog Maxi died in their burning vehicle after prosecutors said ex-Las Vegas Raiders player Henry Ruggs drunkenly rear ended them Tuesday night. Photo credit: Facebook

Tintor’s family issued a statement through their legal team, Naqvi Injury Law in Las Vegas. 

“Tina’s tragic loss has devastated her family beyond a grief they could ever comprehend. Family was everything to Tina, and she was the light of her parents’ life,” the statement read. 

“Tina lived in Las Vegas since she was a baby. She loved her 3-year-old Golden Retriever, Max, who passed alongside her Tuesday morning.The Tintor family appreciates privacy as they mourn. May Tina rest in peace. No further statements will be made from the family at this time.”

Her older brother Djordje Tintor told reporters his parents will continue to mourn their daughter privately.

“They’re not comfortable with the attention and everything,’’ he said. “They just want to grieve in their way.’’

Charges Pending for Henry Ruggs 

Henry Ruggs, the now-disgraced Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver who allegedly crashed his car into Tintor’s, is facing felony DUI and reckless driving charges. 

It is also possible (but not confirmed) that Tintor’s family may seek damages from Ruggs in a civil suit. 

Henry Ruggs and his girlfriend Rudy Washington are seen here just after the car accident that killed Tina Tintor. Police said Ruggs was traveling 156 mph when he rear ended Tintor.
Henry Ruggs and his girlfriend Rudy Washington are seen here just after the car accident that killed Tina Tintor. Police said Ruggs was traveling 156 mph when he rear ended Tintor. Photo credit; TMZ Sports

According to prosecutors, the 22-year-old ex-Raider’s blood alcohol content was 0.161 percent the night of the crash — twice the legal driving limit in Nevada. 

A video posted to social media by Ruggs’ girlfriend Rudy Washington also appeared to show the two partying just hours before the deadly accident claimed Tina Tintor’s life.