Fashion designer Carolina Herrera is mourning the death of her nephew, Reinaldo Jose Herrera, who was reportedly found murdered on a highway outside of the Venezuelan capital of Caracas.
According to NBC News Miami, Reinaldo Herrera, 34, and his business partner, Fabrizio Mendoza, 31, were abducted by kidnappers while eating in a restaurant in Caracas on Thursday, with authorities reporting the abductors demanded a ransom for the pair.
The ransom was paid, but the kidnappers proceeded to murder Herrera and Mendoza. Their bodies were discovered Thursday night on a highway connecting Caracas to the city of La Guaira.
Following her nephew’s murder, Carolina Herrera offered a tribute to her nephew on Instagram, hoping that the assassinations “will serve to mitigate the terrible carnage and murders that are committed against our youth in Venezuela.”
Thank you so much for all your thoughtful messages. The family and I appreciate your kindness. Our only hope is that the tragic assassination of our young nephew, Reinaldo and his colleague, Fabrizio will serve to mitigate the terrible carnage and murders that are committed against our youth in Venezuela. The Electoral Results must be respected. The Communist Dictatorship must go. -Carolina Herrera