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Telenovela Star, Former Miss Venezuela, Killed in Robbery Attempt THR

A telenovela actress and her ex-husband were shot and killed in front of their 5-year-old daughter Monday night while reportedly resisting a robbery attempt in Venezuela, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Monica Spear, 29, a former Miss Venezuela, and Henry Thomas Berry, 39, were killed on a roadside after their car broke down. near Puerto Cabello, the story reports, citing a statement from the prosecutor's office.

"It said their daughter was in stable condition after getting medical attention for unspecified injuries. Local media reports said the couple had a good relationship despite being divorced and were awaiting a tow truck when attacked," THR reports.

The report adds: "Spear was crowned Miss Venezuela in 2004 and had acted in numerous soap operas for Telemundo, most recently 'Pasion Prohibida.' She split her time between Venezuela and the United States and was on vacation when slain."

The report notes that Venezuela "has one of the world's highest murder rates and violent crime is so rampant that Venezuelans tend to stay home after dark. Spear's death triggered a wave of anger on social media directed at the populist government's poor record on crime."

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