Venezuelan actress Monica Spear, ex-husband killed in robbery, daughter survives

monicaspearsVenezuelan actress and former model, Monica Spear and her ex-husband, Irish business man Thomas Henry Berry, were killed in an attempted robbery on a highway while vacationing in Venezuela. Their 5-year old daughter, Maya, survived.

Spear, who lived in Miami, was a popular actress on telenovelas like Pasion Prohibida and Flor Salvaje, which airs on Telemundo. She was also Miss Venezuela in 2004 and represented her country at the Miss Universe Pageant in 2005.

“We are deeply saddened by the horrible crime that affected the beloved actress Monica Spear and her family,” Telemundo said in a statement.  “Monica was not only a great professional as we saw in the two novelas she worked with us – but also an excellent person, always enthusiastic, full of strength and determination.  We wish a quick recovery to her daughter and send our deepest condolences to her family.”

According to Venezuelan police, Spear, Berry and their daughter were having car troubles on the Valencia-Puerto Cabello highway. While they were waiting for help, armed men attempted to rob them, but when the couple locked themselves inside the car, the men opened fire on the car killing them both. The couple’s daughter survived with a wound to her leg.

“It is the deepest pain, the deepest pain. It is unbelievable,” her father, Rafael Spear, told the Orlando Sentinel. “This is a great loss for us. She was very charismatic, a very good daughter, a very good mother, and she loved Venezuela.”

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