THE nephew of top fashion designer Carolina Herrera has been found dead inside a truck after being taken hostage by a gang.
The body of Reinaldo Jose Herrera, 34, was found on Thursday inside the HGV on a road in Venezuela’s capital city of Caracas.
The find was confirmed in a statement by authorities yesterday with local reports suggesting Mr Herrera was discovered alongside his 31-year-old business partner Fabrizio Mendoza.
The pair were abducted by the gang while they were dining at a restaurant in Caracas and used as hostages to extract ransom money from their families.
The families paid the money, although it is not known how much, but the gang still killed the pair anyway.
Authorities have not released any information regarding the gang involved and the cause of the two men’s death is still unknown – the investigation is ongoing.
The leader of the country’s political opposition, Roland Carreno, confirmed that Herrera was the nephew of the Venezuelan-American designer Carolina Herrera who currently lives in New York, USA.
Neither she nor her company have commented on the matter but Mr Herrera is understood to be related to her by marriage as he is the son of her husband’s brother.
Venezuela has one of the highest murder rates in the world with 70 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants in 2016 – the highest figure in the country’s history.
In comparison, the USA has a murder rate of less than five per 100,000 inhabitants.
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