Former Miss Venezuela, actress and beauty queen Monica Spear Mootz was shot to death with her ex-husband named Henry Thomas Berry during a highway robbery after their car broke down on vacation, police said Tuesday.
Monica Spear Mootz, 29, had starring roles in several telenovelas and was Miss Venezuela in 2004. Her former husband was identified as Henry Thomas Berry, 39.
Family friends said that although the couple had split up a couple of years ago they remained close and spent vacations and holidays together for their daughter’s sake.
“They were a great couple,” said Luis Dominguez, who ran an adventure tour company with Berry and spoke to him Sunday while he was on the road.
“They were having the greatest time. He said, ‘I’ll see you soon.’”
Late Monday, they got into a small accident on the Valencia-Puerto Cabello highway that stranded their gray Toyota Corolla. Armed men approached the car and the couple locked themselves inside, police said.
The bandits opened fire, injuring the child and killing the parents, police said.