Venezuelan beauty queen Genesis Carmona, 22, fatally shot in head during protest



A Venezuelan beauty queen and student demonstrator was fatally shot in the head during a political protest, making the fifth fatality from the country's ongoing political turmoil.

Genesis Carmona, 22, was photographed lying limp in the arms of a man riding a motorcycle after gunfire broke out at Tuesday's protest in the city of Valencia.

She was pronounced dead at a hospital Wednesday afternoon.

"How long are we going to live like this? How long do we have to tolerate this pressure, with them killing us?" a relative, who asked not to be named, said. "She only needed one more semester to graduate."



One day after Carmona's death, imprisoned protest leader Leopoldo Lopez urged supporters to keep fighting for the departure of the socialist government.

Carmona, a stunning brunette who had been studying tourism before her death, according to the relative, had served as 2013 Miss Turismo for her state of Carabobo.

Tuesday's demonstration was part of a rally outside the imprisoned protest leader Leopoldo Lopez, a Harvard-educated economist who has spearheaded three weeks of demonstrations against President Nicolas Maduro's government.



Carmona's tragic death marks the fifth fatality in the country's political unrest. She is seen in a hospital after suffering a gunshot wound to the head.

Since the political strife three people have been shot dead in Caracas and another person was run over by a car during a demonstration in the coastal town of Carupano.

While behind bars Wednesday, one day after his surrender to authorities, Lopez urged supporters to keep fighting for the departure of the socialist government.

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