Beauty Queen, 29, Dies In Traffic Robbery

Former Miss Venezuela and actress Mónica Spear was shot and killed during a highway robbery in Caracas.

Monica Spear

Venezuelan beauty queen Mónica Spears was killed during an attempted highway robbery in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Jan. 6.

The former Miss Venezuela 2004 was riding in a car with her ex-husband, Henry Thomas Berry, 39, and their 5-year-old daughter, Maya, when it broke down on the Puerto Cabello-Valencia highway. Armed men snuck up on the vehicle and began shooting after the family locked themselves in the car, E! News reported. The thugs shot and killed Spears and Thomas, while their small daughter got shot in the leg and luckily survived the attack.

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Spear, 29, was living in Miami, but took a trip with her daughter and ex-husband and was documenting it on Instagram.

The pageant winner went on to become a soap opera star and appeared in popular Spanish novelas including Flor Salvaje and most recently, Pasión Prohibida. Her co-star, Jencarlos Canela, took to Twitter to express his sadness at Spears' tragic passing.

"I'm without words. I will miss my friend @MonicaSpear," the actor wrote in Spanish. "And my beautiful Maya, I love you. You are not alone!"

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Just a day earlier, Spear posted a beautiful video of the Venezuelan planes she and her family had visited, while a few days earlier she posted another clip of herself riding on horseback. The beautiful actress was apparently in Venezuela to ring in the New Year, despite the increasing violence in that country.

In 2013 alone Venezuela suffered more than 24,000 homicides with the criminal threat level in Caracas labeled as "critical," E! News claimed. The dangerous city is known for its high number of murders, kidnappings and robberies that happen at all times of day and night.

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Comments on "Miss Venezuela Mónica Spear killed in highway shooting"

Linda Brokopp February 03, 2014 | 5:27 PM

I just read what happened to the Former Miss Venezuela! What a tragic event and I am very sad to hear about this especially since the only survivor was the parent's little girl. I feel sorry for the girl and the best of wishes goes out to this family and friends!

hi everyone January 12, 2014 | 10:42 PM

I know this is gonna sound crazy, but I DON'T believe in dead people. I am sorry if I offended you, but here me out. people "die", I get that, but I consider death to be the very next step in life. (ironic, cause its just the opposite) I don't like to look at death as a bad thing, which people make it out to be. god loves us to much for us to die. I just think of it as our human part dies (our body etc) but not out spirit. I always tell my friends and family I dont believe in death. death is pretty much letting your human self sleep and your spirit lives on forever. if you're grieving for a loved one, don't worry, they could be right next to you. I look at it this way because I don't want to be sad for the rest of my life thinking about death. it can be a scary thing, but I don't really think it is. I wish society would think of it like this because I hate to see people so sad. if you are one of these people, please don't be. think of it as a positive thing.

Maria Celia January 07, 2014 | 4:07 PM

So incredible , How can Venezuela let so much violence still loose .Loosing a Woman a mother and actress be kill , husband and her daughter without any reason other than rob them.It is terrible lost .These acts in any country take away the visiting and hurt the economy as Turism get less atention.That is bad for the economy to keep those country's capital money flow get lower.The need to be more protectors of the citizens and turist should be completely made a Priority evdery day.Rest In Peace Monica Spears and Henry Thomas Berry husband . We Pray that your daughter be well and that God protect her and all the innocent persons.You will be remember.We also Pray that the Government and Presidents of these Country be more responsible for ther people and beging taking care of the violence and make the right steps to make sure that the Stars, Actress , Actors and any other person who is a Tourist , the citizens be protected and be more attented to the violence happening arround the Country no matter where or in what part of the country there should be more protection and ction to lower the dangers and violence against innocent people. My Condolences to the daughter , family and friends.There should be Accountability on gun violence.MCH 1-7-2017

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