Ex-Miss Venezuela Shot Dead in Roadside Robbery

The tragedy is the latest high-profile crime in a nation plagued by violence

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This May 23, 2005 file photo released by Miss Universe shows Monica Spear, Miss Venezuela 2005, posing for a portrait ahead of the Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

A former Miss Venezuela and her ex-husband were shot dead in a roadside robbery in central Venezuela late Monday, authorities said Tuesday.

Mónica Spear, 29, was a soap opera actress and winner of the 2004 Miss Venezuela contest. She was killed while on vacation with her ex-husband Henry Berry and their 5-year old daughter, Reuters reports.

Reports suggest that armed robbers may have attacked the family after their car broke down on a road between Puerto Cabello and Valencia. Their daughter was also injured in the attack.

Venezuela is one of the world’s most violent nations, according to Reuters. The official annual murder rate is 39 per 100,000 people, but local activists estimate the actual murder rate is nearly twice as high.

[Reuters]

7 comments
MattBracken
MattBracken

Their car "broke down," or their car was attacked after a typical Venezuelan roadside ambush? Bent nails on the road? A fake "accident" or "detour" or just old tires and debris across the road? Or a fake crash into their car? There are so many ways for bandits to attack the passing car of such a person. The news will report them all as "breakdown." Just as there is no "knockout game" in the USA, in the politically correct media. In any case,  R.I.P., angel.

FactsSpeak
FactsSpeak

While some people have been promoting legal gun ownership here, I would like to point out that gun ownership has been legal in Venezuela over the last decade, but the murder rate has doubled. The correlation has been that the murder rate rose after gun ownership was encouraged. And only recently they banned gun ownership in the hope that over the course of time it will make things turn for the better.

bozodouche
bozodouche

Venezuela banned private gun ownership, hence the high crime rate. Criminals don't really care about the ban on gun ownership. Law abiding citizens need the right to own firearms.

MariaElenaGilbert
MariaElenaGilbert

@FactsSpeak what a stupid argument. That's why they are killing innocent people, the thugs know they aren't armed. Bad people always will find the way to get guns, in the black market, from corrupt cops, or government officials like in here with the fast and furious "program". We all have the right to be armed and protect ourselves. When the country turns into what the old western used to be, well, heck, get your gun and protect yourself and family. It's time for us the good people to start killing the ones that want us dead for no reason.