Tragic news today out of Venezuela:
Monica Spear, a 29-year old wife, mother and former Miss Venezuela, was killed in an attempted robbery last night.
According to local police, via Globovision, the ex-beauty pageant winner was in the car with her estranged husband and daughter when their vehicle crashed.
Assailants then approached the family as they waited for a tow truck.
Mother, father and child locked themselves in their car, but the thieves murdered both Spear and her husband, Thomas Henry Berry via gun shot; their five-year old girl was left with a bullet wound in her leg.
The trio had been on vacation and were traveling in a Toyota Corolla toward the city of Valenica when the horrible incident took place.
Spear had been living in Miami and had planned to return to the United States this week.
Spear won the crown of Miss Venezuela in 2004 and took part in Miss Universe 2005 in Thailand. She had appeared in a number of Venezuelan and Telemundo soap operas since then.
Our thoughts go out to Spear and her her ex-husband's family.