Police in Venezuela have already rounded up five suspects linked to the sickening murder of model and actress Monica Spear on Monday (06Jan14).

The former Miss Venezuela, 29, and her ex- husband, Thomas Henry Berry, were killed during an attempted robbery after their car broke down on Puerto Cabello-Valencia highway.

Bandits reportedly opened fire on the couple after Spear and Berry locked themselves inside the vehicle as they approached. The couple's five-year-old daughter, Maya, was also shot in the leg, but is expected to live.

Police believe the murder is the latest in a New Year crime wave that has hit Venezuela, claiming bandits are disabling vehicles and then attacking motorists as they wait for assistance.