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Former Miss Venezuela shot dead

Published on Jan 8, 2014 12:27 AM
 
Venezuelan Monica Spear poses after being elected Miss Venezuela, in Caracas, on Sept 23, 2004. Assailants shot dead the former Miss Venezuela and her ex-husband in the latest high-profile case of violent crime in the South American nation, authorities said on Tuesday. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

CARACAS (REUTERS) - Assailants shot dead a former Miss Venezuela and her ex-husband in the latest high-profile case of violent crime in the South American nation, authorities said on Tuesday.

Monica Spear, 29, who was also a soap opera actress, and Henry Berry, 39, died in an attempted robbery on the highway between Puerto Cabello and Valencia in central Venezuela.

The 2004 Miss Venezuela winner lived in the United States but was vacationing in Venezuela. The pair's 5-year-old daughter survived the attack late on Monday, but with a bullet wound in her leg, the government and local media said.

Reports indicated Ms Spear's car may have broken down before armed robbers approached - a common occurrence on roads after dark in one of the world's most violent nations. Showbiz colleagues were devastated.

 
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