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Hundreds protest in wake of Miss Venezuela's murder

Thursday, January 09, 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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Hundreds protest in wake of Miss Venezuela's murder

Thursday, January 09, 2014 - 01:19