Venezuelan politician killed in Caracas home
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Venezuelan politician killed in Caracas home

A Venezuelan politician who rose to fame in 2007 as the bete noire of anti-government protesters has been killed.

Authorities say they don’t yet know who killed Congressman Robert Serra and his partner at home late Wednesday night in Caracas.

Interior Minister Miguel Rodríguez Torres called for calm and security forces cordoned off Serra’s house near the presidential palace to control government supporters who gathered there.

A lawyer by training, Serra was elected to Congress in 2010 as a member of the ruling party after rising to fame organizing youth to counter a wave of destabilizing student protests.

President Nicolás Maduro expressed condolences and called Serra a passionate revolutionary. A memorial service will be held Thursday at the National Assembly.

Associated Press