Actress and former Miss Venezuela Monica Spear Mootz and her husband were killed and their 5-year-old daughter was wounded in an armed robbery, authorities said Tuesday.
Spear, 29, and Irish spouse Thomas Henry Berry, 39, were found dead Monday night on a highway in the central state of Carabobo, the Venezuelan Attorney General’s Office said.
The injured girl, the AG’s office added, was taken to a hospital “where she received medical attention and remains in stable condition.”
The incident occurred when the three people were waiting to receive help inside their vehicle after pulling over due to a mechanical problem, Globovision and Union Radio reported.
Based in Miami, where Spear worked for U.S. television network Telemundo, the family was in Venezuela for a vacation, those outlets said.
Spear was born in 1984 in Maracaibo, won the Miss Venezuela beauty pageant in 2004 and the next year participated in the Miss Universe pageant in Thailand, where she came in fourth.
After that she became an actress and starred in several soap operas, including “Mi prima Ciela,” “Calle Luna, Calle Sol,” “La Mujer Perfecta,” “Flor Salvaje” and “Pasion Prohibida.”
Venezuela is one of the world’s most violent countries with 39 murders per year per 100,000 inhabitants, Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez said last week.