Written by Staff Writer
08 Jan, 2014 | 8:44 am
Former Venezuelan beauty queen Monica Spear, 29, and her British husband Thomas Berry, 39, have been shot dead in their car in Venezuela.
Their five-year-old daughter, who was injured in the incident, is said to be in a stable condition in hospital.
Police have launched a investigation into the killing, which happened on the highway leading from Valencia to Puerto Cabello. Spear became Miss Venezuela in 2004, and also acted in soap operas.
Venezuelan media reported that Spear and Berry were travelling from the city of Merida to the capital, Caracas, when their car broke down. Police believe they were the victims of a failed robbery attempt.
The couple and their daughter waited for about 45 minutes for breakdown assistance, says El Universal newspaper.
The car was about to be towed away when a group of five criminals approached and order them to stop. The couple and their daughter reportedly ran inside to the car, but were shot at by the gang.
Spear and Berry died instantly. The daughter, Maya, was shot in the leg.
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