Former Miss Venezuela remembered

Former Miss Venezuela remembered

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BANGKOK, THAILAND: Miss Venezuela Monica Spear during the final event of the Miss Universe 2005 in Bangkok, 31 May 2005. Miss Canada Natalie Glebova won the competition and was crowned Miss Universe 2005 by Miss Universe 2004, Jennifer Hawkins from Australia. AFP PHOTO/RUNGROJ YONGRIT/POOL (Photo credit should read RUNGROJ YONGRIT/AFP/Getty Images)

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on January 8, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 8 at 11:24 AM

CARACAS, Venezuela - A former Miss Venezuela and her ex-husband were shot and killed and their 5-year-old daughter was wounded after they resisted robbers by locking the doors of their broken-down car, police said Tuesday.

The slaying of Monica Spear, 29, a popular soap opera actress, and Thomas Berry, a 39-year-old Irishman, was the latest high-profile crime in a country where people are regularly killed in armed robberies and where rampant kidnapping has ensnared even foreign ambassadors and professional baseball players.

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