Venezuelan Beauty Queen Genesis Carmona, 22, Killed in Protests

Celebrity News Feb. 21, 2014 AT 11:40AM
Genesis Carmona poses for a picture in Puerto Cabello on May, 7, 2012. Venezuelan beauty queen Genesis Carmona, 22, was shot and killed during a protest in her home state this week Credit: REUTERS /STRINGER /LANDOV

So tragic. Venezuelan beauty queen Genesis Carmona, who was crowned Miss Tourism for her home state of Carabobo in 2013, died Wednesday after being shot during a protest march in Carabobo's capital, Valencia, on Tuesday, Feb. 18, Reuters reported. She was 22 years old.

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According to Reuters, her death was the fifth resulting from political unrest in the country, which has become increasingly violent since opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez was imprisoned following weeks of protests against President Nicolas Maduro.

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"How long are we going to live like this?" a relative of Carmona's asked Reuters. "How long do we have to tolerate this pressure, with them killing us? [Genesis] only needed one more semester to graduate."

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Sadly, Carmona isn't the first Venezuelan beauty queen whose death has made headlines in recent months. Back in early January, former Miss Venezuela Monica Spear and her ex-husband, Henry Thomas Berry, were murdered in an attempted highway robbery. They left behind a 5-year-old daughter, Maya.

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