Venezuela arrests seven over beauty queen's fatal highway shooting
CARACAS (AFP) - The Venezuelan police have arrested seven people, including a woman and two teenagers, over the brutal double murder of a beauty queen turned soap star and her British-born partner, prosecutors said Wednesday.
The fatal shooting of former Miss Venezuela Monica Spear, an actress who lived and worked in the United States, during a vacation to her home country caused shock and revulsion, and triggered a government crisis meeting.
Ms Spear, 29, and Mr Thomas Henry Berry, 39, were shot dead after their car broke down on a highway in north-western Venezuela late Monday. Their five-year-old daughter was wounded in what appears to have been an armed robbery.
The family had locked themselves in the car in a frantic attempt to survive, but the armed men approached and opened fire multiple times. Ms Spear was killed with a single shot.