Genesis Carmona, Beauty Queen Killed in Venezuela, Becomes Face of Unrest

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Friday, 21 Feb 2014 01:02 PM

By Ken Mandel

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The death of former Venezuelan beauty queen Genesis Carmona, the fifth victim of the country's escalating political unrest, has become a symbol of the bitter protests of a Socialist regime. The 22-year-old was shot in the head during a political protest in the city of Valencia.

Carmona was "Miss Tourism 2013" for the state of Carabobo, and supported the opposition.

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"We confirm that Miss Tourism Carabobo Genesis Carmona has passed away from a gunshot to the head, while protesting yesterday in #Valencia," the newspaper tweeted. 

A photograph was published on the cover of ABC Magazine showed a limp Carmona being rushed to the hospital by motorcycle in an unidentified man's arms. She was operated on at Centro Medico Guerra Mendez in Valencia, but died in the intensive care unit. 

"How long are we going to live like this?" a male relative of Carmona, who asked to remain anonymous, told Reuters. "How long do we have to tolerate this pressure, with them killing us? She only needed one more semester to graduate."

The leader of the opposition, Leopoldo Lopez, faces criminal charges for arson and criminal incitement that resulted in multiple fatalities. He surrendered to police Tuesday in front of thousands of cheering supporters, according to El Universal.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said during a national broadcast that Lopez would remain in custody.

"I said, 'Send him to jail,' and that's what happened and that's what will happen with all of the fascists," Maduro said. "I won't allow him to challenge the people of Venezuela, the constitution."

Political protests began in the South American country more than two weeks ago. Three people were shot dead and another was run over by a car during a Tuesday demonstration in Carupano, according to NBC News. 

Carmona was studying Social Sciences at the Universidad Tecnologica del Centro de Valencia (UNITEC) and was working as a model.

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