So sad! Local beauty queen and college student Génesis Carmona was shot in the head during protests in the Valencia, Venezuela on Feb. 18.
In Venezuela, tensions are higher than ever as the city protests against President Nicolas Madura‘s government. Five have died within the weeks of violence, including 22-year-old Génesis Carmona.
Génesis Carmona Dead In Venezuela
“How long are we going to live like this? How long do we have to tolerate this pressure, with them killing us?” a relative of Génesis plead to Reuters after she passed away. “She only needed one more semester to graduate.”
Génesis was a college student studying tourism and in 2013 was named Venezuela’s Miss Tourism Carabobo. She was reportedly protesting against the government on Feb. 18, when the National Guard began shooting rubber bullets and unknown gunmen began firing rounds into the crowds from motorcycles. She was shot in the head and photographed laying limp in the arms of a man on a motorbike, on her way to the hospital. She was pronounced dead the following day at a local hospital.
The protests on the 18th were rallying outside of Leopoldo Lepoz, the imprisoned leader who had been spearheading the protests against the president.
One report claims that the motorcyclists firing shots are functioning as government-backed paramilitary units, Caracas Chronicles says.
This is the fifth death the protests have caused — three others were shot in Caracas and one was run over by a car in Carupano. Hopefully, this violence will be ending soon.
– Emily Longeretta