February 9, 2014

Miss USA 2005 Chelsea Cooley opens Monica Spear Scholarship Fund

Spear and her husband were both shot and killed on January 7th while vacationing in Venezuela. They were survived by 5-year old daughter Maya. The news of the violent murder of actress and former Miss Venezuela Monica Spear and her husband shocked the pageant community (and the world in general). It made millions of Venezuelans speak out against the Government and asking for a solution to the endless crime rate the country is facing today.
Hundreds of beauty queens posted tributes to Monica on this day, and most Miss Venezuelas lashed out against the violence in the country. Even Alicia Machado, Miss Universe 1996, brought the issue as a priority during a recent interview with CNN’s Ismael Cala.
Chelsea Cooley, who competed in the Miss Universe 2005 pageant with Spear in Thailand, has stepped ahead and offered her help by creating the “Monica Spear Scholarship Fund”.  The proceeds will go on to fund the education of Spear’s daughter Maya, who is now with her grandparents.
My name is Chelsea Cooley and I am Miss USA 2005. While competing for Miss Universe, I met Monica Spear, Miss Venezuela. She and I became instant best friends. Monica had the most infectious personality, was goofy, gorgeous, humble and driven. She was the girl you just wanted to be friends with. Monica is the reason I loved being at Miss Universe. This week, Monica was vacationing in Venezuela with her ex-husband and their 5 year old little girl, Maya. Their car broke down on the side of the road and while they were waiting on the tow truck, 5 gunmen attempted to rob them -- failed -- and instead opened fire on their vehicle. BOTH Monica and her ex-husband were killed. Maya was shot in the leg BUT survived. This precious child now has to grow up without her loving parents. I am completely heartbroken and devastated by this news and am keeping her family lifted up in prayer. Monica was very serious about getting her college degree and now since she will no longer be able to send Maya to college, please help me secure Maya’s future in donating to the Monica Spear Scholarship Fund.
ALL of the funds raised will be given to Monica’s parents for Maya’s Scholarship. Everything will go to this precious little girl. Please share this campaign with your friends. It’s the least we can do for Monica and her little girl, Maya!

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