UK confirms husband slain alongside beauty queen was British

The UK's Foreign Office has said a man shot dead along with his actress wife in Venezuela was a British national.

Thomas Henry Berry was killed along with his wife, Monica Spear Mootz, in a gun attack in which their five-year-old daughter was also injured and is stable in hospital.

Ms Spear is a well known soap opera actress in Venezuela and has previously represented the country at Miss Universe.

Earlier reports in Venezuelan media had suggested the man may have been an Irish citizen.

Monica Spear, 29, and Henry Thomas Berry, 39, were attacked in front of their young daughter near Puerto Cabello, Venezuela’s main port.

The family lived in the United States and was on holiday. Their car broke down and they were awaiting a tow truck.

Ms Spear was crowned Miss Venezuela in 2004 and acted in numerous soap operas for the US-based Telemundo network.

Venezuela has one of the world’s highest murder rates. Violent crime is so acute that people tend to stay home after dark.

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