Spanish soap opera actress and star of Pasión Prohibida, Monica Spear, has been shot dead in a robbery on Tuesday. Monica_Spear

Spear’s husband Henry Thomas Berry, 29. Monica Spear Mootz was 29 at the time of the shooting.


A five-year-old identified as the couple’s daughter suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and is in stable condition.

Monica Spear was the 2004 Miss Venezuela winner and a contestant in the 2005 Miss Universe competition in Thailand. She also had been a model and her acting career was beginning to take off on telenovela shows like “Flor Salvaje” and “Pasión Prohibida”.


The family was on vacation from their Miami home and were scheduled to return later this week. Roadside robberies, deaths, and kidnappings are not uncommon along the highways of Venezuela.

As the family was driving along the countryside outside of Valencia, their grey 2002 Corolla Toyota went off the road. An unknown number of attackers then ambushed the family, leaving the couple dead and their daughter injured. It has not been reported how much was taken from the vehicle.




Our thoughts and prayers go out to the couple’s family and friends at this difficult time.