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Ex-Miss Venezuela Murdered in Robbery

A former Miss Venezuela-turned-soap opera star and her ex-husband have been found shot to death in the South American country in an apparent robbery attack.

Authorities say the bodies of 29-year-old Monica Spear and her 39-year-old former husband were found in their car, along with their 5-year-old daughter, who survived the Monday night attack but was injured in the leg. Venezuelan authorities said the little girl was in stable condition after being treated for her injuries.

The car was discovered on the highway between Venezuela's major port city of Puerto Cabello and the city of Valencia. Spear was reportedly vacationing in Venezuela, with local media reporting the car had broken down before the attack.

Venezuela has one of the highest murder rates in the world, with armed robberies, carjackings and kidnappings commonplace.

Spear was crowned Miss Venezuela in 2004 and went on to appear in several soap operas on the U.S.-based Telemundo network, including her most recent -- "Forbidden Passion."

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