Venezuelan Beauty Queen Becomes Latest Casualty Of Violent Demonstrations

Genesis Carmona

A student demonstrator and beauty queen died Wednesday from a bullet wound to the head, becoming the most high-profile casualty in Venezuela’s violent political demonstrations.

Genesis Carmona, 22, was shot in the head during a protest on Tuesday in the city of Valencia. El Universal ran a dramatic image of Carmona being carried away from the demonstrations on a motorcycle.  She is the fifth fatality blamed on the political turmoil in the country.

Carmona was crowned Miss Tourism 2013 for the state of Carabobo. The young model was also a student at Universidad Tecnológica del Centro de Valencia, where she studied social sciences.

“She was operated on yesterday, but her progress was not satisfactory,” said. Dr. Carlos Rosales, head of  the Intensive Care Unit of the Guerra Mendez de Valencia Clinic. “She died [yesterday] at 12:15 noon.”

The death follows the dramatic surrender of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, Fox News Latino reports. Lopez is accused by President Nicolas Maduro of inciting clashes that have led to at least five deaths in the past week. Lopez, a Harvard-educated economist, has emerged in recent months as the new, aggressive face of the opposition. 

Our thoughts go out to Carmona's family and friends, and we continue to #PrayForVenezuela.