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Beauty queen Genesis Carmona killed in Venezuela riot

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Violent riots in Venezuela have claimed the life of 22-year-old beauty queen Genesis Carmona, who died from a gunshot wound to the head on Tuesday.

The student activist was carried away from the scene by motorcycle and she succumbed to her injuries later in a hospital.

Carmona had been protesting in the city of Valencia, about 60 miles south of the capital city of Caracas.

The student at the Universidad Tecnologica del Centro de Valencia was crowned Miss Turismo last year. She was just a semester away from graduating.

Her death is the fifth since anti-government demonstrations erupted in Venezuela three weeks ago.

Protesters are calling for an end to the socialist regime headed by current president Nicolas Maduro.

The riot in Valencia was part of a rally in support of imprisoned opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, a Harvard-educated economist, who handed himself into authorities on Tuesday.

Carmona is the second beauty queen to die in Venezuela this year. Last month, former 2004 Miss Venezuela Monica Spear was killed with her husband during a highway robbery.

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