Jasmine Fiore: A Life Cut Short

Posted Tuesday August 25, 2009 2:26 PM GMT

Although she was a beautiful model, Jasmine Fiore was a small town loving girl that loved nature and animals with a bright and warm personality to close friends and family.

The model had dreams of working in real estate, as well as becoming a personal trainer, that were interrupted when her mutilated body was found stuffed in a suitcase in a trash bin in Buena Park, California on August 15.

Husband Ryan Jenkins was charged with the murder on August 20, but killed himself days later while police tried to hunt him down.

Before the glamorous model life, the 28-year-old beauty was a girl from Bonny Doon, California. Family friend Gwendolyn Beaurergard said, “People would always say how kind and friendly she was. She had a quality that a lot of people don’t have…a sincerity.”

And before the girly girl, Fiore was a tomboy to friends in school with blonde hair that was pulled in a pony tail with charcoal under her eyes when playing football with the boys.

After being raised by a single mother, Fiore decided to leave her hometown and took on modeling. “She started out nervous and wary of the big city,” said Lawrence Azzaro who she called “Uncle Larry.”

Fiore booked jobs in Las Vegas where she modeled for restaurant ads and swimsuit modeling. At a Hawaiian Tropic party last March she met Jenkins, who ran a construction company and was a contestant on VH1 reality show, Megan Wants a Millionaire and I Love Money 3.

The two quickly got married that started a five-month union that friends explained as volatile and tumultuous. Beauregard said that Fiore told her mom she married him, being a Canadian citizen, so she could receive a green card. “[Jasmine] said he was very controlling and [the relationship] didn’t work out.”

Fiore’s former fiancé, Travis Heinrich, said he saw Jenkins, who has a history of domestic violence and attended court-ordered counseling, “punch her in the arm with enough force to push her into a pool,” where he was charged with a misdemeanor for the attack and had an upcoming court date in December.

Lisa Lepore, Fiore’s mother said Jenkins was attracted to the rewards of Jasmine’s hard work."He was desperate to glom onto my daughter because everything my daughter had was for real: She earned her car, she earned her penthouse apartment," says Lepore, who lives in Maui. "Everybody loved this girl, whether they were movie stars or producers or the garbage collectors at the apartment complex.”

Although Fiore didn’t have confidence in the relationship from the beginning, Heinrich said she didn’t know how to get out of it and tell Jenkins “they were done.” She said, “I’m in over my head” and “I don’t know how I can get out.”

As family and friends try to move on without their hometown little girl, they also deal with no answers they had hoped from receiving from Jenkins.

"In my opinion, we have lessened our time of suffering," Beauregard said. "Ryan did us a favor by taking his life. I am saddened and relieved at the same time."

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