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Fans in Latin America and beyond are expressing grief over the shooting death of a Venezuelan beauty queen. 

Monica Spear and her ex-husband were gunned down late Monday night by armed robbers while vacationing in Venezuela.  Their five-year-old daughter survived the shooting. 

Venezuelan salsa singer Oscar D'Leon tweeted, "I'm so sad for my Venezuela.  My condolences for Monica Spear's family." 

The 29-year-old Spear was a popular soap opera state on Latin American television and a graduate of the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. 

The nonprofit Venezuelan Violence Observatory says one person is killed roughly every 21 minutes in Venezuela. (Metro Networks Inc.)