Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Beauty queen shot dead in robbery

Former Miss Venezuela Monica Spear who has been murdered in a robbery (AP)

A former Miss Venezuela and her husband have been shot dead in front of their young daughter during a robbery after their car broke down in the country.

Monica Spear, 29, and Henry Thomas Berry, 39, were attacked near Puerto Cabello, Venezuela's main port.

The couple's five-year-old daughter was reported to have been injured in the attack and was stable in hospital.

The family lived in the United States and was on holiday. Their car broke down and they were awaiting a tow truck.

Ms Spear was crowned Miss Venezuela in 2004 and acted in numerous soap operas for the US-based Telemundo network.

Venezuela has one of the world's highest murder rates. Violent crime is so acute that people tend to stay home after dark.

-AP

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