London man Thomas Henry Berry and his former Miss Venezuela wife shot dead in front of daughter

Thomas Henry Berry with his wife Monica Spear

Thomas Henry Berry with his wife Monica Spear

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London man Thomas Henry Berry and his former Miss Venezuela wife have been shot dead during a robbery in Venezuela.

Thomas Henry Berry with his wifeThomas Henry Berry with his wife

Mr Berry, 39, and Monica Spear, a popular soap actress, were killed in front of their five-year-old daughter who was injured.

The couple had locked themselves inside the car during the robbery at around 10.30pm local time on Monday, the Associated Press reported.

Police in Puerto Cabello have arrested five suspects, some under the age of 18, the director of the country’s investigative police Jose Gregorio Sierralta said.

He said the couple were returning from holiday to Caracas when their four-door sedan hit “a sharp object that had been placed on the highway”.

Two tow trucks arrived almost immediately and the car was lifted on to one of the trucks when at least six shots were fired.

President Nicolas Maduro mourned “the loss of a very spiritual young woman” actively involved in various charities.

He said the attackers “fired with viciousness.”

It is believed that Mr Berry was London-based and ran a travel company.

The daughter, Maya, was in stable condition after treatment for a leg wound and was with relatives in Caracas, said Mr Sierralta.

Mr Berry, who ran a travel agency, moved to Venezuela as a child.

A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said: “ We are aware of the death of a British National on January 6 in Venezuela.

“We stand ready to provide consular assistance to the family at this difficult time.”

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