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Miss Venezuela Monica Spear and ex-husband slain

Assailants approached the former beauty queen and her ex when their car broke down along a highway near Caracas Monday.

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Gabrielle Levy

Former Miss Venezuela Mónica Spear and her ex-husband were shot and killed Monday after their car broke down in Caracas.

Spear, 29, and her ex, Henry Thomas Berry, 39, were traveling with their daughter in a rented Toyota Corolla on the Puerto Cabello-Valencia motorway when they were involved in a small crash that left them stranded. They locked themselves in the car when they saw armed assailants approaching, but then gunmen opened fire, killing them both.

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Maya, 5, was shot in the leg and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Spear was crowned Miss Venezuela in 2004, and went on to star in several soap operas. She married Berry, an Irish businessman who moved to Venezuela as a child, in 2008 and gave birth to Maya a few months later. After their divorce, the couple stayed close and continued to vacation together.

[NBC News]

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