(IRISHTIMES) — Assailants shot dead a former Miss Venezuela and her ex-husband in the latest high-profile case of violent crime in the South American nation, authorities have said.

Monica Spear (29), who was also a soap opera actress, and Henry Berry (39), died in an attempted robbery on the highway between Puerto Cabello and Valencia in central Venezuela.

The Department of Foreign Affairs in Ireland is liaising with the Irish embassy in Mexico in an effort to establish Mr Berry’s nationality, after local media reported he was Irish.

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