Breaking News, World News and Taiwan News.

Former Miss Venezuela killed in front of daughter

CARACAS--Gunmen shot dead a former Miss Venezuela and her British-born partner in front of their 5-year-old daughter, who was wounded in an attack that dismayed the crime-plagued nation, authorities said Tuesday.

Monica Spear, a 29-year-old soap opera star, and Thomas Henry Berry, 39, were killed in what appears to have been a botched robbery after their car broke down on a highway in northwestern Venezuela late Monday, police and prosecutors said.

Their daughter, Maya Berry Spear, was wounded in the right leg but was stable after receiving medical treatment in a crime that put a harsh spotlight on Venezuela's soaring murder rate.

Five people have been detained and were interrogated in connection with the killings, Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez said after a televised meeting with President Nicolas Maduro, who vowed to use an “iron hand” to crack down on crime.

The family was on a scenic highway when their car hit a blunt object that had been placed on the road, forcing them to pull over, said forensic police director Jose Gregorio Sierralta. There are suggestions that the object was strategically placed as part of a planned armed robbery.

Spear waved down a tow truck, which stopped to help on the road between Puerto Cabello and Valencia in the state of Carabobo, Sierralta said.

But as the two truck workers operated the crane, five armed men emerged on the road.

The truck's operators fled to a police station about 1.5 kilometers away while the mother, father and child locked themselves in their car in a desperate attempt to shield themselves from the killers.

But “the criminals fired multiple shots at the vehicle” before fleeing without stealing anything, Sierralta said.

Investigators impounded the couple's car and took testimony from the two tow truck operators.

Spear, who was a quarter-finalist in the 2005 Miss Universe contest, appeared in the Miami-based Telemundo series “Pasion Prohibida” (“Forbidden Passion”) and “Flor Salvaje” (“Savage Flower”).

1 Comment
January 10, 2014    carlostpe24@
I’m surprised to see no comments here by either Venezuelans, British (her murdered husband) or those concerned...It’s truly regrettable, a national commotion in Venezuela, the government convened an emergency meeting with state governors. The people are angry and fed up with rampant crime and impunity. It’s a disgrace for the government, citizens and nation world wide due to the bad image as an unsafe tourist destination (one of the lowest in the world). It’s on the U.S. Travel Advisory Alert list. May they R.I.P.
Write a Comment
CAPTCHA Code Image
Type in image code
Change the code
 Receive China Post promos
 Respond to this email
 US Air Force copter crashes in England, killing 4 
Miss Venezuela Monica Spear visits the Grand Royal Palace in Bangkok on May 11, 2005 ahead of the Miss Universe beauty contest.

(AFP)

More Photos (2)

Subscribe  |   Advertise  |   RSS Feed  |   About Us  |   Career  |   Contact Us
Sitemap  |   Top Stories  |   Taiwan  |   China  |   Business  |   Asia  |   World  |   Sports  |   Life  |   Arts & Leisure  |   Health  |   Editorial  |   Commentary
Travel  |   Movies  |   TV Listings  |   Classifieds  |   Bookstore  |   Getting Around  |   Weather  |   Guide Post  |   Student Post  |   English Courses  |   Terms of Use  |   Sitemap
  chinapost search