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Venezuelan Beauty Queen Dies from Gunshot Wound Received During Protests

Génesis Carmona, Venezuelan beauty queen, another victim of the political crisis.

Génesis Carmona, a young Venezuelan beauty queen and student, died [es] on the 19th of February from a bullet wound to the head that she received [es] the previous day during the anti-government protests.

This is how they transported the student Génesis Carmona who was shot in the head while protesting in Valencia.

@pabloaure in the Guerra Mendez clinic talking with the mother and another family member of Genesis Carmona who has a bullet wound to the head.

According to the specialists who treated her at the Dr. Rafael Guerra Méndez Clinic in the city of Valencia, Miss Tourism Carabobo 2013 was hit by the projectile in the right-hand side of the occipital lobe, which hosts the brain's visual centre. There was speculation that she would have lost her vision even if she had been able to recover.

Genesis Carmona (23) wounded by a bullet at the protest in Valencia comes out of the operating theatre, is now in intensive care.

A Caracas newspaper has published a collection of tweets [es] from the user Héctor Rotunda (@Hecalo), who narrates the events from the moment Génesis Carmona received the gunshot wound until her death. Rotunda was in the same part of the protest as the late beauty queen.

We were at the march in front of the Cedeño subway station. We heard a burst of gunfire and threw ourselves to the ground…

On Twitter the reactions of anguish and accusations continue. The Governor of the State of Carabobo, Francisco Ameliach, has been singled out as the main instigator of the attack on the protest in Valencia. A few days ago the Governor sent messages over Twitter that the protestors are now using to accuse him of inciting violence [es]. In the following tweet, for example, he mentions the UBCH [es], the Bolívar – Chávez Battle Units (Unidades de Batalla Bolívar – Chávez) of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV – Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela), the country's governing party.

UBCH get ready for the forceful counter-attack. Diosdado will give the order.

Diosdado Cabello is currently President of the National Assembly (Venezuelan Parliament).

Meanwhile the Member of Parliament Francisco Soteldo made a statement [es] to the media asking for justice for the death of Carmona:

Soteldo: “We demand justice for the death of Génesis Carmona”

Thus Carmona has become the fourth fatality in the protests that have been taking place in Venezuela.

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