So sad. Friends, family and fans gathered to say their final goodbyes to former Miss Venezuela Monica Spear during an emotional service on Jan. 10. The funeral for Monica and ex-husband Thomas Henry Berry took place in Caracas, Venezuela, just days after they were shot and killed in a roadside attack outside the capital city.
Countless people flocked to Caracas to mourn the loss of beauty queen and telenovela star Monica Spear and her ex-husband, Thomas Henry Berry. The pair’s 5-year-old daughter, Maya, who survived the attack with a gunshot wound to the leg, learned on Jan. 9 that both of her parents were killed during a suspected highway robbery in Venezuela on Jan. 6. The little girl was supposed to attend the somber ceremony, but it’s unclear at this time if she was there.
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Monica’s brother, Ricardo Spear Mootz, headed the procession, carrying his beloved sister’s body to her final resting place. Ricardo and many of the other pallbearers were dressed casually in jeans and khakis as they somberly held Monica’s coffin.
Fans and loved ones carried flowers and leaned on each other for support as they shed tears for Monica and Thomas.
There was no sign of the couple’s daughter, Maya, at the service. The now orphaned little girl is understandably “bewildered” by the news of her parents’ tragic deaths, but she was expected to attend the funeral, according to The Daily Mail.
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Poor Maya was told of her parents’ murder just as she left the hospital after getting shot in the leg during the shooting that killed her mother and father while they were waiting to have their car towed on the side of a Venezuela highway.
Maya’s family is grateful that she was able to survive the senseless shooting. “It’s a terrible tragedy what has happened to her and as long as we can give her time to recover we will be there for her,” Monica’s brother Ricardo told NTV24.
“We still don’t yet know whether Maya will remain in Caracas with us or go to Orlando to live with Monica’s parents,” Thomas Berry Sr. told the MailOnline. “We will discuss it with her family once the parents have been seen off properly. For the moment Maya is staying with some of Monica’s cousins in Caracas. The most important thing is that she is safe.”
Our thoughts are with Maya and the victims’ families during this difficult time.
— Tierney McAfee