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Mourning beauty queen shot in Venezuela protests

Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 - 01:09

Feb. 20 - A wake is held for 22-year-old beauty queen Genesis Carmona, gunned down in the street during heated anti-government demonstrations in Venezuela. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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A community mourns the loss of Venezuela's 5th fatality from recent unrest. The 22 year-old beauty queen was shot in the head during a protest on Tuesday. Genesis Carmona died in a clinic from her wounds. Overcome with emotion, her sister's determined to continue the fight for freedom: (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ALEJANDRA CARMONA, VICTIM'S SISTER, SAYING: "If I can, I will march with them, because if she died marching… even if my mom doesn't let me, I don't care. She went and I will go too. And I will continue supporting this effort, because she died for Venezuela, supporting the country, and wanting for us to be free and everything. And I am going to make her proud of me." A friend says she had to navigate through violent protests to get to the wake. Tensions have risen in Venezuela since opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez surrendered to troops. He's spearheaded three weeks of demonstrations against President Nicolas Maduro's government. Protests that have turned deadly.

Mourning beauty queen shot in Venezuela protests

Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 - 01:09

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