|Beauty pageant titleholder|
|Born||Mónica Spear Mootz
1 October 1984
Maracaibo, Zulia, Venezuela
|Died||6 January 2014
Near Puerto Cabello, Carabobo State, Venezuela
|Alma mater||University of Central Florida|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Measurements||Bust: 90 cm (35.4 in)
Waist: 60 cm (23.6 in)
Hips: 90 cm (35.4 in)
|Title(s)||Miss Venezuela 2004|
|Miss Venezuela 2004
Miss Universe 2005
|Spouse||Thomas Henry Berry (m. 2008; div. 2012)|
Mónica Spear Mootz (1 October 1984 – 6 January 2014) was a Venezuelan beauty pageant titleholder and telenovela actress who won Miss Venezuela 2004. She also represented Venezuela at Miss Universe 2005, where she finished as 4th Runner-Up.
Miss Venezuela 2004
Miss Universe 2005
Spear made the top 15 after Ana Karina Áñez (Miss Venezuela 2003) failed to make the top 15 in Miss Universe 2004, which was the first time in 22 years that Venezuela failed to place. Spear went on to place in the Top 5 after the evening gown and swimsuit competitions. During the final question round, she stumbled while answering the question given by Miss Mexico, Laura Elizondo, and eventually finished as 4th Runner-Up.
The Spear–Mootz family moved to Orlando, Florida in 2000 after her mother, Ingeborg, retired from her job with an oil company in Venezuela. Her father, Rafael, is a project engineer at Siemens Westinghouse. Prior to being named the "fifth most beautiful woman in the universe," Spear completed a bachelor's degree in theater from the University of Central Florida before returning to Venezuela to compete in the national pageant. Her participation in Miss Venezuela garnered notoriety when she was asked during the traditional "breakfast with press" the day after the pageant, because of her degree, which Venezuelan playwright she liked the most, to which she answered, "Gabriel García Márquez", a Colombian writer. She crowned her Miss Venezuela successor, Jictzad Viña, on 15 September 2005.
Spear married a British businessman, Thomas Henry Berry (whose nationality was later misidentified as Irish) in June 2008. She gave birth to a daughter later that year. The couple divorced in 2013, but remained friendly, and at the time of their death they were attempting to reconcile. She was a naturalized United States citizen, resident in Miami, Florida. She is a cousin of Jossie Nikita Marques Spear, a Venezuelan model. Spear was fluent in Spanish, English and French.
After modeling, Spear became one of the most successful actresses in Venezuela for her main roles in soap operas. Her first role as a protagonist was in the RCTV soap opera Mi Prima Ciela (My Cousin Ciela), in which she played a high-school student battling leukemia. The show was a success in Venezuela and other parts of South America, and it was televised in the US by TeleFutura. Spear held the starring role in Venevisión's soap opera La Mujer Perfecta in 2010, and recently had a lead role in Flor Salvaje; a Spanish-language telenovela produced by the Miami-based television network Telemundo and RTI Producciones. She had lived in Miami since she began working for Telemundo.
Venezuelan channel Venevisión broadcast La Mujer Perfecta in honor of Spear and a foundation aid for people with Asperger Syndrome. Same television special will Mónica Spear, led by the former Miss Venezuela, cheerleader and actress Mariangel Ruiz.
On January 6, 2014, Spear was in her native Venezuela on vacation with her ex-husband and their five-year-old daughter. On a highway in central Carabobo, when the three were inside their car waiting for assistance after the vehicle had broken down, Spear and her ex-husband were killed during an attempted robbery and their daughter shot and wounded in the leg. The police reported that the incident occurred around 9 or 10 p.m. It has been theorized that the thieves tried to rob them and the couple tried to resist.
On the initial suggestion that her former husband was Irish, the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs was investigating the incident. However, local police said he was travelling on a British passport. The international media also highlighted the rising rate of crime in Venezuela.
Investigation and aftermath
On January 8, 2014, seven people were arrested by the Cuerpo de Investigaciones Científicas, Penales y Criminalísticas (CICPC) for their alleged involvement in the murder. At the time of the arrest, the Venezuelan authorities also confiscated several items believed to have been owned by Spear and Berry.
Spear's daughter has been in the care of her grandparents since her parents' death. Nicolás Maduro, the President of Venezuela, provided a private jet to fly Spear's parents from Florida to Venezuela so they could be with their granddaughter. Maduro claims that soap operas were responsible for the couple's murder.
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|2006||El Desprecio||Tamara Campos||Antagonist|
|2007||Mi prima Ciela||Graciela Andreína Zambrano Ávila "La Ciela"||Protagonist|
|2009||Calle luna, Calle sol||María Esperanza Rodríguez||Protagonist|
|2010||Que el cielo me explique||Violetta Robles||Special participation|
|2010–2011||La Mujer Perfecta||Micaela Gómez||Protagonist|
|2011–2012||Flor Salvaje||Amanda Monteverde "Flor Salvaje"||Protagonist|
|2013||Pasión Prohibida||Bianca Santillana||Protagonist|
- List of Miss Venezuela titleholders
- List of Miss Venezuela Special Awards
- List of models who died during their careers in the 21st century
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