Monica Spear: Teenagers among suspects arrested for murder of former Miss Venezuela and British ex-husband
Monica Spear and Thomas Henry Berry were killed in front of their five-year-old daughter who was injured in the attack
Tuesday 07 January 2014
Two teenagers are among the suspects arrested for the murder of former Miss Venezuela Monica Spear and her British ex-husband.
Prosecutors announced last night that seven people had been arrested, including a 15-year-old and a 17-year-old, and belongings had been sized.
Monica Spear, 29, and 39-year-old British citizen Thomas Henry Berry, the owner of a travel agency, were shot dead on a roadside near Venezuela's main port of Puerto Cabello on Monday.
They had been on holiday together with their five-year-old daughter Maya, who was also wounded by a bullet in the attack.
The tragedy has caused outrage in Venezuela, where more than nine in 10 murders go unsolved, according to the Venezuelan Violence Observatory.
Director Roberto Briceno said the killings “bring into relief a common reality of daily life in Venezuela”.
His group counted nearly 45,000 people killed last year - 79 for every 100,000 Venezuelans – although government figures are lower.
Hundreds of actors and writers took to the streets of the capital Caracas yesterday to demand the government protect its citizens.
President Nicolas Maduro hastily gathered Venezuela state governors and mayors to discuss the violence and pledged to unite with political opponents to fight crime.
Jose Gregorio Sierralta, director of the country's investigative police, told reporters the family’s car had hit “a sharp object that had been placed on the highway".
He said the suspected robbery occurred after the car had been lifted onto a tow truck.
The family locked themselves in their car when they saw assailants approaching, but they shot into the vehicle.
The killings followed a pattern of late-night robberies carried out by disabling cars with obstacles placed on the roads.
Ms Spear's parents have arrived in Caracas from their home in Orlando, Florida, while Mr Berry's parents had been with Maya at a private clinic in Caracas.
Ms Spear was crowned Miss Venezuela in 2004 and competed in the Miss Universe pageant the following year.
She had acted in numerous soap operas, most recently in Pasion Prohibida for the US-based Telemundo network.
Additional reporting by Associated Press
- 1 Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
- 3 'Help me I'm trapped in a factory' messages keep being found on bottles of vitamin water
- 4 Right to die: Belgian doctors rule depressed 24-year-old woman has right to end her life
- 5 BP hit with record $18.7 billion fine over Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil spill
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Amber Roof: Sister of Charleston shooting suspect Dylann Roof launches fund-raising appeal for wedding and honeymoon
Russell Brand condemns moment of silence for Tunisia attack victims as a 'minute of bulls**t'
Right to die: Belgian doctors rule depressed 24-year-old woman has right to end her life
Worker killed by robot at Volkswagen car factory
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
They are neither a 'state' nor 'Islamic': Why we shouldn't call them Isis, Isil or IS
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join a successful an...
£45000 - £55000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An opportunity is available to ...
£16000 - £17000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This world leading specialist i...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This role's responsibility also include operat...