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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.

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

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

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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.