Monica Spear, a popular soap-opera actress and former Miss Venezuela, and her ex-husband were shot and killed in the mountains of western Venezuela. Their young daughter was wounded in the incident, during which the couple had resisted robbers by locking the doors of their broken-down car. The slayings have called attention to the rampant violent crime in the oil-rich country.
Sept. 23, 2004 Monica Spear is escorted after being named Miss Venezuela in Caracas, the country’s capital. Venezuelan authorities say the soap-opera actress, 29, and her husband, Henry Thomas Berry, 39, were shot and killed Monday near Puerto Cabello, Venezuela’s main port. Spear’s 5-year-old daughter was found alive in the car and was treated at a medical center. Andrew Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images Buy Photo