Miss Venezuela 2004 Monica Spear shot dead in suspected highway robbery

Miss Venezuela 2004 Monica Spear, who won 4th runner-up in the Miss Universe 2005 pageant, was shot dead by armed men in front of daughter.

Miss Venezuela Monica Spear
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AFP via Yahoo! News reports that the 29-year-old beauty queen-turned actress and her 39-year-old British-born partner, Thomas Henry Berry, were killed in a suspected failed robbery late Monday, January 6.

Spear’s 5-year-old daughter, Maya Spear Berry, was wounded in the right leg but in stable condition, the report said. The soap opera star was spending a holiday vacation when the crime happened.

Authorities reportedly said Tuesday the couple’s car broke down on a highway in northwestern Venezuela.

They were traveling when their car hit an object on the road believed to be placed strategically as part of the robbery plan. When they pulled over and asked helped from two tow truck workers, five unidentified men appeared.

The three locked their car to shield themselves from the armed men while the tow truck workers fled to report to police.

Investigators revealed that the criminals fired multiple shots at the vehicle, killing the former Miss Venezuela title holder.