Fashion designer Carolina Herrera's nephew killed in Caracas

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Famous worldwide fashion designer Carolina Herrera - who may be best known for dressing numerous United States' First Ladies for years now - and the rest of her family are dealing with loss after her nephew was found dead in a truck in Venezuela after a kidnapping gone wrong.

Herrera's 34-year-old nephew, Reinaldo Jose Herrera, was found dead Thursday inside a truck on a road near Caracas, according to Venezuela's.

The bodies of Reinaldo Herrera, 34, and his business partner Fabrizio Mendoza, 31, were found handcuffed inside a Toyota truck on a highway near Caracas Thursday evening.

The gang then allegedly asked for a ransom for the two men, and despite the ransom money being allegedly paid, both men were found dead later that night, the report said, according to Page Six.

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"Thank you so much for all your thoughtful messages".

The Venezuelan-born designer, 78, confirmed that her nephew had been killed and posted a tribute to him on Instagram, featuring a black-and-white split image of herself with her nephew. The Communist dictatorship must go, "she wrote".

Carolina Herrera, whose clients have included Jackie Onassis, Renée Zellweger and Michelle Obama, and who earlier this year said she would dress Melania Trump "out of respect for the United States", is set to be honored Monday as the 2017 Designer of Excellence by the Chicago History Museum's Costume Council.

Venezuela was dubbed the "kidnap capital of the world" in 2013, with five people kidnapped and held ranson there every day.

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