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Murdered Venezuela beauty queen laid to rest

Friday, January 10, 2014 - 01:15

Jan. 10 - Slain in an attempted robbery, former Miss Venezuela Monica Spear is buried in Caracas. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Former Miss Venezuela, Monica Spear, is laid to rest in Caracas. This comes days after she and her ex-husband were gunned down during an attempted robbery. Before the burial, a slew of fans waited for their chance to attend the wake. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) JOSE MARCANO, FAN OF MÓNICA SPEAR, SAYING: "She was a really good actress and I'm going to leave these roses as a symbol of peace and of my love and affection." The 2004 Miss Venezuela winner lived in the United States but was vacationing in Venezuela. Her 5-year-old daughter survived the attack late on Monday, but with a bullet wound in her leg. Venezuela's Opposition Deputy says the case has focused attention on Venezuela's rampant violent crime. (SOUNDBITE (Spanish) HIRAM GAVIRIA, OPPOSITION DEPUTY, SAYING: "This crime against Monica and her (ex) husband and the wounding of her daughter has shaken the national conscience, but the fact is that in Venezuela thousands of incidents like this are happening. In 2013 we had more than 24,000 murders and all of them are under a cloak of impunity." President Nicolas Maduro says that beating violent crime is his number one priority. Polls consistently show it's Venezuelans' main concern.

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Murdered Venezuela beauty queen laid to rest

Friday, January 10, 2014 - 01:15