RIP: Monica Spear Mootz, former Miss Venezuela and actress--slain on Monday night in an attempted robbery
Late Monday night, Venezuela beauty queen and telenovela star Monica Spear Mootz and her ex-husband Thomas Henry Berry were gunned down by the side of a country road in Venezuela.
According to CNN, Spear and her ex-husband, were driving in Venezuela's Carabobo state Monday night when their car broke down, officials said. Armed robbers opened fire, killing both of them.
Their 5-year-old daughter survived Monday's shooting, authorities said, but was shot in the leg.
Spear was Miss Venezuela in 2004 and represented her country in the Miss Universe pageant in 2005.
Her popularity opened the door to acting roles in telenovelas that eventually made her an international star. She made her home in Miami but was vacationing in Venezuela with her family when she was killed. This is a tragic loss and has brought to light--once again--the awful crime situation in Venezuela--the country in which I grew up in and called home for my adolescence. Venezuela is one of the world’s most violent nations, according to Reuters. The official annual murder rate is 39 per 100,000 people, but local activists estimate the actual murder rate is nearly twice as high. I--and Venezuela--will miss her.
As a "SASHES AND TIARAS" homage to her, I'd like to look back at the gorgeous Monica and the beautiful gowns she wore in the Miss Venezuela 2004 Pageant as well as Miss Universe 2005 Pageant. Heaven has a beautiful angel now. RIP. Que En Paz Descanse...
At Miss Universe 2005 in Bangkok Thailand:
An Angel in Pageant Heaven: RIP Monica Spear