Hundreds protest in wake of Miss Venezuela's murder
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 - 01:19
Jan. 8 - Hundreds of demonstrators in Caracas call for an end to violence after former Miss Venezuela Monica Spear and her ex-husband were murdered in Venezuela. Sarah Irwin reports.
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Hundreds of demonstrators take to the streets of Caracas - to protest the murder of former Miss Venezuela Monica Spear.
The 29-year-old soap opera actress and her ex-husband were shot dead on Monday in a suspected attempted robbery on a highway in central Venezuela.
Spear lived in the U.S. but had been vacationing with her five-year-old daughter - who survived the attack.
The death of the 2004 Miss Venezuela winner sparked outrage in her native country - which has been plagued with violence.
Venezuelan actress Mariangel Ruiz.
SOUNDBITE: Venezuelan actress Mariangel Ruiz (Spanish), saying:
"Enough of coming onto the street in fear for your life, enough of knowing that our neighbor was killed, that our cousin was killed, that a friend who had not yet reached 30 and was just going about as a tourist with a five-year-old baby was killed and that her daughter was wounded on a highway."
Venezuela's homicide rate last year was 39 murders for every 100,000 people - but non-government organizations claim the death rate is actually double that.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has said beating crime is his number one priority - but critics say the government has not done enough to fight crime.
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