BREAKING: Former State Sen. Linda Collins-Smith dead of apparent gunshot wound


Multiple media outlets are reporting the death of former Arkansas State Sen. Linda Collins-Smith. NEA Report says Collins-Smith was found dead at her home this evening with their sources stating the death was by gunshot and appeared “not to be possible by suicide.” (Click here for that report.)

KATV is reporting Ken Yang, the former press secretary of the state senator, has confirmed the death was reportedly by gunshot and was being investigated as a murder. (Click here for that report.)

The Arkansas Republican Party released the following statement tonight on Facebook:

Today, we learned of the untimely death of former Senator Linda Collins Smith. She was a passionate voice for her people and a close member of our Republican family. We are praying for her loved ones during this difficult time.

We’ll have more on this breaking news story as it develops.

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  1. I believe she was due to testify before a grand jury. You might want to check the Clintons for gun shot residue.

  2. @An Observation: Oh, how cute! But the coppers are coming to your door to check the gun residue on your hands and clothing.

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