Venezuelan beauty queen Genesis Carmona has been shot dead during a week of protests in her native country.

The 22 year old was fatally wounded on Tuesday (18Feb14) and was pronounced dead at a hospital in Valencia on Wednesday (19Feb14), according to the New York Daily News.

Her death marks the fifth fatality since political unrest began in the country earlier this month (Feb14).

Carmona, who was a student at the Universidad Tecnologica del Centro de Valencia, was crowned Miss Tourism Carabobo in 2013.