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Ex-Miss Venezuela killed in robbery

Monica Spear, Miss Venezuela 2005.

AP Photo/Miss Universe Darren Decker, File

Monica Spear, Miss Venezuela 2005.

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.

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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.

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