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Venezuela Uprising Now Has a Face: Beauty Queen Genesis Carmona Killed (PHOTOS)

Genesis Carmona
Witnesses say this photo shows Venezuelan beauty queen Genesis Carmona being evacuated from the scene of a protest on Tuesday. Carmona died after being shot, Feb. 19, 2013. |

A local beauty queen, Genesis Carmona, 22, who was a college student and model died of a gunshot wound on Wednesday, Reuters reported. It is unclear how many fatalities have occured to date from Venezuela's political unrest, as imprisoned protest leader Leopoldo Lopez is urging supporters to keep fighting for the removal or departure of the current socialist government.

Carmona was shot at a protest on Tuesday in the central city of Valencia. She died later in a clinic, according to Reuters.

Beauty queens are held in high esteem in Venezuala and the latest tragedy will likely escalate tension and possibly violence as demonstrations are planned not only in the country but internationally for this weekend.

Genesis Carmona
Genesis Carmona

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