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American lawyer found dead in his Caracas home;

The main entrance of the Vista Real building complex, where John Ralston Pate, 70, was found dead Sunday, in his apartment, is seen in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Aug. 10, 2015. Pate an American expatriate lawyer was slain in an attack at his home in the Venezuelan capital, authorities and family members said Monday. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

The main entrance of the Vista Real building complex, where John Ralston Pate, 70, was found dead Sunday, in his apartment, is seen in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Aug. 10, 2015. Pate an American expatriate lawyer was slain in an attack at his home in the Venezuelan capital, authorities and family members said Monday. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)  (The Associated Press)

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.