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.

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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.”

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