WorldViews: Was this an assassination? A Venezuela murder case with political impact

By Nick Miroff, October 2, 2014

The apparent murder of a young lawmaker close to Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro is threatening to inflame the country's political tensions again.

Robert Serra, 27, and his partner, Maria Herrera, were found stabbed to death inside their residence in a rough neighborhood of Caracas, the capital, late Wednesday, and justice minister Miguel Rodriguez told reporters that the killing was carried out by skilled assassins, not common criminals. Rodriguez stopped short of assigning blame, but he characterized the attacks as a "contract killing."

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