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A beauty queen has become the fifth victim of increasingly violent political turmoil that's affecting Venezuela.

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Genesis Carmona was photographed limp in the arms of a man on a motorcycle after she was shot in the head during gunfire at a protest in Valencia, the New York Daily News reported.

The Miss Turismo 2013 for the state of Carabobo was rushed to hospital where she was put in intensive care.

Beauty queen Genesis Carmona was rushed to hospital on a motorbike, but surgeons were unable to save her. Photo: Supplied

The 22-year-old, who was a political activist and student demonstrator, was announced dead on Wednesday.

She became the fifth person to die in the escalating violence in protests against President Nicolas Maduro's government.

She was part of around 100 protesters who were rallying in support of the imprisoned protest leader Leopoldo Lopez, who lead demonstrations against the embattled president.

Family mourned the aspiring beauty queen who was studying tourism before her death.

"How long are we going to live like this? How long do we have to tolerate this pressure, with them killing us?" a relative, who asked not to be named, said. "She only needed one more semester to graduate."

Carmona was 2013 Miss Turismo for her local state, Carabobo. Photo: Twitter
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