Venezuelan Actress and former Miss Venezuela Monica Spear was murdered along with her ex-husband on Monday January 6, 2014.
Spear and her ex-husband Thomas Berry were on vacation with their daughter Maya. When their car got a flat tire, they pulled to the side of the road. After a tow truck arrived and the car was hoisted onto it, two armed men approached, reportedly demanding money. Spear and Berry locked themselves in the car, where they were shot by the gunmen outside.
Both Spear and Berry died in the shooting. Their daughter Maya was hit in the leg and is expected to recover.
Monica Spear was a successful beauty queen, being crowned Miss Venezuela in 2004. She thenbegan acting in numerous soap operas for Telemundo. She resided in the US and part time in Venezuela for her last few years. She is mourned by friends and family in the US and Venezuela, and the incident has sparked much anger and outrage at the rampant crime in Venezuela.
Venezuela is known for its high crime rates, particularly its murder rate. The citizens report that they tend to not venture outdoors after dark. Hopefully something good will come from this tragedy and it will draw the proper attention to this problem.