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Model working to pay for film school in Jamaica found dead with throat cut

A Queens model was murdered while visiting Jamaica; her body was found Saturday morning on a rural road, covered in blood.

NBC New York reports that Desiree Gibbon, 26, was living and working in Jamaica on a 3-month visa when her body was found with a slit throat in some bushes on the side of a rural road, a few miles from the resort she was staying at.

Authorities identified Gibbon’s body after showing a picture of her grandmother, who reportedly owns the Montego Bay hotel where the victim was staying.

Gibbon, a University of West Virginia graduate, had been working as a bartender in Jamaica since October 20. She was saving money to go back to school and pursue a degree in documentary filmmaking.

Her family said she was an aspiring actress and model. She was scouting talent for a friend in New York City and planned to return home on Thursday.

The family has now traveled to Jamaica to retrieve her body, but her mother, Andrea Gibbon, said it might be a long process. Her autopsy isn’t scheduled until next week, and a death certificate, which is needed to bring the body back to the U.S., may take even longer to obtain.

“She’s currently being kept at a funeral home. We’ll go there. I don’t know how that will be. My understanding is that she was beat up pretty bad.”

No arrests have been made in the murder and a motive isn’t clear. Police say her body showed signs that she fought with her attacker. Her family hopes she got some of her killer’s DNA on her so justice can be served quickly.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family pay with funeral expenses and to bring her body home.

[Feature photo: Desiree Gibbon/GoFundMe]