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Ex-Miss Venezuela slain in robbery

Former Miss Venezuela Monica Spear, husband, slain resisting robbery in her homeland

FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2004 file photo, Monica Spear, far right, competes in the swim suite competition before winning the Miss Venezuela beauty pag...
FILE - In this May 11, 2005 file photo, Miss Venezuela Monica Spear poses for photographs outside the Grand Palace ahead of the Miss Universe pageant ...
FILE - In this May 25, 2005 file photo, Miss Venezuela Monica Spear competes in the national costume category at the Miss Universe pageant in Bangkok,...

Venezuela Actress Slain

FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2004 file photo, Monica Spear, far right, competes in the swim suite competition before winning the Miss Venezuela beauty pag...

Thailand Venezuela Actress Slain

FILE - In this May 11, 2005 file photo, Miss Venezuela Monica Spear poses for photographs outside the Grand Palace ahead of the Miss Universe pageant ...

Thailand Venezuela Actress Slain

FILE - In this May 25, 2005 file photo, Miss Venezuela Monica Spear competes in the national costume category at the Miss Universe pageant in Bangkok,...

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelan authorities say a well-known soap-opera actress and former Miss Venezuela and her husband were shot and killed resisting a robbery after their car broke down.

Prosecutors said in a statement that Monica Spear, 29, and Henry Thomas Berry, 49, were slain late Monday night near Puerto Cabello, Venezuela's main port.

It said the couple's 5-year-old daughter was in stable condition after getting medical attention for unspecified injuries.

The family lived in the United States and was on vacation. Local news reports said they were awaiting a tow truck.

Spear was crowned Miss Venezuela in 2004 and acted in numerous soap operas for the U.S.-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.


Updated : 2021-05-07 19:45 GMT+08:00