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Monica Spear

Mónica Spear Mootz was a Venezuelan beauty pageant titleholder and telenovela actress who won Miss Venezuela 2004. She also represented Venezuela at Miss Universe 2005, where she finished as 4th runner-up.

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After modeling, Ms. Spear became one of the most successful actresses in Venezuela for her main roles in telenovelas. Her first role as a protagonist was in the RCTV telenovela "Mi Prima Ciela" (My Cousin Ciela), in which she played a high-school student battling leukemia. The show was a success in Venezuela and other parts of South America, and it was televised in the US by TeleFutura. Ms. Spear held the starring role in Venevisión's telenovela "La Mujer Perfecta" in 2010, and recently had a lead role in "Flor Salvaje"; a Spanish-language telenovela produced by the Miami-based television network Telemundo and RTI Producciones.

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On January 6, 2014, Ms. Spear was in her native Venezuela on vacation with her ex-husband and their five-year-old daughter. On a highway in central Carabobo, when the three were inside their car waiting for assistance after the vehicle had broken down, Ms. Spear and her ex-husband were killed during an attempted robbery and their daughter shot and wounded in the leg. The police reported that the incident occurred around 9 or 10 p.m. It has been theorized that the thieves tried to rob them and the couple resisted.

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