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Monica Spear: Beauty queen murdered with ex-husband

Former Miss Venezuela gunned down
Former Miss Venezuela gunned down
(Photo by Patrick Prather/Miss Universe L.P., LLLP via Getty Images)

Monica Spear-Henry Berry death in Venezuela case: Monica Spear Mootz, 29, was a beautiful Venezuelan woman who was gunned down along with her ex-husband Henry Thomas Berry, 39, while on vacation in January 2014. Robbery is the suspected motive in the killings. Monica Spear Mootz won the title of Miss Venezuela in 2004. She is also known for her work as an actress in several telenovelas.

How Monica Spear was murdered

According to NBC News, Monica Spear was traveling in her vehicle with ex-husband Henry Berry and their five-year-old daughter, Maya, when the car struck a sharp object in the road. While waiting for assistance, some men approached the car and began firing inside the vehicle. Police found the little girl in the car with a gunshot wound to the leg. The murder took place in Puerto Cabello along Central Carabobo highway.

What makes the Monica Spear-Henry Thomas Berry case stand out?

Monica Spear was a former beauty queen and actress in many Spanish telenovelas. She was legally divorced from her husband but still enjoyed family vacations with him. The actress was traveling along the highway with her ex-husband and five-year-old daughter at the time of her murder. The daughter is still alive but was not immediately told about her parents' fate.

Public reaction

Venezuelan residents are said to be outraged by the death of the beloved actress and beauty queen, insisting that something be done about the level of violence in Venezuela.

Today's update
According to CNN, Venezuelan police have taken five suspects in custody. Formal charges have not yet been filed.

Thomas Henry Berry-Facebook
Thomas Henry Berry-Facebook Facebook

Thomas Henry Berry-Facebook

By all accounts Thomas Henry Berry still loved Monica Spear-Mootz very much. The two were legally divorced, but Thomas still considered the beauty queen as his wife.

Monica Spear-suspects arrested
Monica Spear-suspects arrested Facebook : police file photo

Monica Spear-suspects arrested

Here is a police file photo of the suspects in the shooting deaths of Monica Spear and her ex-husband Thomas Henry Berry. Police officials believe the motive for the shootings was robbery.

Monica Spear Mootz-Facebook
Monica Spear Mootz-Facebook Facebook

Monica Spear Mootz-Facebook

Here is a happy photo of Monica Spear aka Monica Mootz. An examination of Thomas Henry Berry's Facebook page makes it obvious the two still had a very close relationship.