Former Miss Venezuela, Husband Killed in Robbery

Young daughter of Monica Spear is hospitalized

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jan 7, 2014 4:01 PM CST

(Newser) – 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. Monica Spear, 29, and Henry Thomas Berry, 49, were slain last night near Puerto Cabello, Venezuela's main port. Their 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 US-based Telemundo network.

This 2005 photo released by Miss Universe shows Monica Spear, Miss Venezuela.   (Darren Decker)
in 2005.   (Sakchai Lalit)
In this May 31, 2005, file photo, Monica Spear of Venezuela competes at the Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.   (AP Pool/Rungroj Yongrit, Pool)
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