Ex-Miss Venezuela Monica Spear, husband gunned down during roadside robbery

Former Miss Venezuela Monica Spear. Photo from ChinaDaily.com
Former Miss Venezuela Monica Spear. Photo from ChinaDaily.com

Former Miss Venezuela Monica Spear and her partner Thomas Henry Berry were shot dead on Monday night by a group of thugs after their car broke down in Carabobo, Venezuela, according to reports. Their five-year-old daughter was severely wounded but is reportedly out of danger now.

The family was waiting for repair to arrive in the Puerto Cabello-Valencia motorway when Spear, 29, and Berry, 49, were shot dead. Reports claim that the motive for the murder was the theft of the car.

Spear, US-based actress and model, was in Venezuela for a vacation. She won the Miss Venezuela 2004 pageant and represented the country in Miss Universe the following year where she finished fourth runner-up.

“Violent crime has been Venezuelans’ No. 1 concern in recent years. Awash with guns, the South American nation is one of the world’s most violent, with an official homicide rate of about 52 per 100,000 people [in 2012], or more than 15,000 victims,” reported Reuters.

The vehicle Monica Spear's and her husband's bodies were discovered in. Photo from Irish Mirror
The vehicle Monica Spear’s and her husband’s bodies were discovered in. Photo from Irish Mirror
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