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Venezuelan lawmaker who taunted government opponents slain at home

  • Venezuela's Education Minister Hector Rodriguez, left, and Sports Minister Antonio Alvarez, right, carry the coffin of the late lawmaker Robert Serra to the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Serra, a rising star in Venezuela's ruling socialist party, was stabbed to death in his home, officials said Thursday. The 27-year-old Serra was a lawyer by training and was elected to Congress in 2010 as a member of the ruling party. He gained prominence organizing youth to counter a wave of destabilizing student protests in 2007. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

    Venezuela's Education Minister Hector Rodriguez, left, and Sports Minister Antonio Alvarez, right, carry the coffin of the late lawmaker Robert Serra to the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Serra, a rising star in Venezuela's ruling socialist party, was stabbed to death in his home, officials said Thursday. The 27-year-old Serra was a lawyer by training and was elected to Congress in 2010 as a member of the ruling party. He gained prominence organizing youth to counter a wave of destabilizing student protests in 2007. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)  (The Associated Press)

  • Supporters carry the coffin of slain lawmaker Robert Serra to the National Assembly for a public wake in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Serra, a rising star in Venezuela's ruling socialist party, was stabbed to death Wednesday in his home, officials said. The 27-year-old Serra was a lawyer by training and elected to Congress in 2010 as a member of the ruling party. He gained prominence organizing youth to counter a wave of destabilizing student protests in 2007. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

    Supporters carry the coffin of slain lawmaker Robert Serra to the National Assembly for a public wake in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Serra, a rising star in Venezuela's ruling socialist party, was stabbed to death Wednesday in his home, officials said. The 27-year-old Serra was a lawyer by training and elected to Congress in 2010 as a member of the ruling party. He gained prominence organizing youth to counter a wave of destabilizing student protests in 2007. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)  (The Associated Press)

  • Supporters of slain Congressman Robert Serra hold up a picture of him, right, shown alongside a photo of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez outside the National Assembly where Serra's body is brought for a public wake in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014.  Serra, a rising star in Venezuela's ruling socialist party, was stabbed to death in his home, officials said Thursday. The 27-year-old Serra was a lawyer by training and elected to Congress in 2010 as a member of the ruling party. He gained prominence organizing youth to counter a wave of destabilizing student protests in 2007. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

    Supporters of slain Congressman Robert Serra hold up a picture of him, right, shown alongside a photo of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez outside the National Assembly where Serra's body is brought for a public wake in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Serra, a rising star in Venezuela's ruling socialist party, was stabbed to death in his home, officials said Thursday. The 27-year-old Serra was a lawyer by training and elected to Congress in 2010 as a member of the ruling party. He gained prominence organizing youth to counter a wave of destabilizing student protests in 2007. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)  (The Associated Press)

A rising star in Venezuela's ruling socialist party has been stabbed to death in his home and officials said Thursday it was an carefully planned murder.

Twenty-seven-year-old Congressman Robert Serra, a lawyer by training, was elected to Congress in 2010 as a member of the ruling party after gaining prominence organizing youth to counter a wave of destabilizing student protests in 2007.

Neighbors discovered his body and that of a woman, Maria Herrera, in his house in the working class La Pastora district of Caracas Wednesday night. Mireya Midolo, who lives nearby, said her son had gone to check after seeing two large white motorcycles with their motors running in front of the house and the doors to the home open.

"There was no sound of the door being forced or cries or anything," she said.

She said she was surprised that the bodyguards who often accompanied Serra were not present.

Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres said at a news conference that the attack was "an intentional homicide, planned and executed with great precision." He did not give details about a possible motive.