International fashion designer Carolina Herrera is in mourning. The artist is famous for dressing First Ladies for decades. She has just lost her 34-year-old nephew, as he was found dead in a truck in Venezeula.
In what was reportedly a violent kidnapping gone wrong, Herrera’s nephew, Reinaldo Herrera, was taken from a restaurant in Caracas on Thursday night. His 31-year-old business partner, Fabrizio Mendoza, was also taken hostage.
According to officials, a ransom was paid, but the attackers still proceeded to kill the men anyway. They left their bodies in a truck on a highway on the outskirts of the city.
Carolina is scheduled to receive the 2017 Designer of Excellence award in Chicago on Monday, but it is unclear yet whether the ceremony will be canceled or postponed due to the tragedy.