Police in Venezuela has arrested five people over the brutal murder of a former beauty queen and her husband in front of their five-year-old daughter.
Ex-Miss Venezuela Monica Spear, 29, and her British husband Thomas Berry, 39, were killed in a horrific robbery after their car broke down on the Puerto-Cabello to Valencia highway.
Armed men approached their vehicle as the pair waited for a repair truck, terrified, the couple locked themselves in the Toyota Corolla, but the robbers opened fire through the windows.
Their daughter, Maya Berry Spear, 5, was wounded in the right leg but miraculously survived the attack and was found in the car alongside the bodies of her mother and father.
It understood that Maya, who is now being looked after by guardians, is still unaware that her parent's have been murdered.
Detectives now believe the gang may have booby trapped the road as all tires on the couple's car had been punctured after it hit a sharp object that had been placed on the highway.
Police are also speaking with two tow truck drivers who arrived to help the couple.
Spear, who was a quarter-finalist in the 2005 Miss Universe contest, appeared in the Miami-based Telemundo series "Pasion Prohibida' ("Forbidden Passion") and "Flor Salvaje" ("Savage Flower").
The dark-haired actress, who lived in the United States, was vacationing in her native Venezuela at the time of her death. She had posted videos of the countryside and herself horse riding on Instagram in the last couple of days.
Her husband was born in Britain but has Venezuelan citizenship.
"This is a massacre," said President Nicolas Maduro, who vowed to curb the country's runaway violence during his presidential campaign last year.
"This violence is a sickness that we have." he said from the Miraflores presidential palace.
Venezuela has one of the world's highest murder rates, with 79 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants in 2013, according to the non-profit Venezuelan Observatory of Violence.
The interior ministry, however, gave a lower murder rate of 39 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants.
The beauty queen's killing shocked fellow artists in this Caribbean country that is passionate about soap operas and the Miss Universe contenders it regularly produces.
"I am speechless. I will miss you my friend @MonicaSpear," Jencarlos Canela, her American co-star in "Pasion Prohibida," wrote on Twitter.
Venezuelan telenovela director Leonardo Padron said he was "absolutely saddened, horrified, speechless, over the murder of my dear Monica Spear! My God!"
Opposition leader Henrique Capriles, who refused to concede defeat to Maduro in presidential elections last year, called on the socialist leader to put aside "deep differences and unite against the lack of security, as one bloc."