Attempt to save Venezuelan beauty queen fails after she is shot during protests

A Venezuelan beauty queen has been killed after a gunman opened fire at anti-government protests.

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by Ellie Hooper |
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In a shocking photo, Genesis Carmona is seen in the arms of a motorbike rider who tries desperately to get her life-saving treatment.

An unidentified gunman opened fire on the crowd in the Venezulean city of Valencia, hitting Miss Carmona.

Genesis was studying for a marketing degree
Genesis was studying for a marketing degree

But despite the motorbike rider's best efforts to get help for the 22-year-old, doctors were unable to save her.

Miss Carmona was studying marketing at university and only had one semester left before she graduated.

The brunette was also crowned 'Miss Tourism' in her home state of Carabobo.

Genesis was crowned Miss Turismo for her area

Five people have been killed in the protests - which were sparked by opposition politicians to the Venezuelan government demanding an end to goods shortages and protected freedom of speech.

The opposition have blamed the deaths on people loyal to the government.

Miss Carmona's family have been left devastated by their loss

A relative of Miss Carmona said: 'How long are we going to live like this? How long do we have to tolerate this pressure, with them killing us?'

Just last month Miss Venezuela, Monica Spear, 29, was murdered with her British ex-husband in what is thought to be a failed robbery attempt.

Monica Spear, 29, was killed last month in the country

The pair's five-year-old daughter was also shot in the leg.

The country has one of the highest murder rates in the world, with armed robberies and murders not being out of the norm.

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