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American lawyer found slain in his Caracas home

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Venezuelan authorities are investigating the murder of an American lawyer in Caracas.


   The South American country's public prosecutor says 70-year-old John Ralston Pate was found dead in his apartment Sunday in a well to do eastern Caracas neighborhood. His wife was found injured.


   Local media are reporting that the two were attacked during a kidnapping gone wrong.


   Venezuela is thought to be the second most violent country in the world, after Honduras.


   Pate attended Brown University and Boston University, and had been a member of the Caracas-based firm since 1981. The website of the DeSola, Pate & Brown firm says he was a member of the Massachusetts bar.


   The U.S. Embassy in Caracas says a family member is traveling to Caracas.

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