A former Miss Venezuela and her ex-husband were shot and killed and their 5-year-old daughter wounded when they resisted robbers by locking themselves inside their car after tire punctures disabled it on an isolated stretch of highway, police said Tuesday.
Armed gunmen approached the couple’s 2002 Toyota Corolla but the couple resisted by locking the doors. The robbers opened fire, killing the couple and injuring their young child, who survived.
The family live in the US and were holidaying in Spear’s native Venezuela, a nation which is more dangerous than many warzones.
Ms Spears, who took out the Miss Venezuela crown in 2004 and starred in a number of Spanish language TV soap operas, once told The Huffington Post she left the country because of its dangers.
Venezuela has one of the world’s highest murder rates and violent crime is so rampant that Venezuelans tend to stay home after dark. Spear’s death triggered a wave of anger on social media directed at the populist government’s poor record on crime.