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Former Arkansas State Senator Found Dead From Apparent Gunshot Wound

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) — Former State Senator Linda Collins-Smith was reportedly found dead from a gunshot wound, according to her former press secretary Ken Yang. ...

Yang says that her death is being investigated as a murder.

Yang also tells KATV content partner, KAIT8 that Collins-Smith was found shot in her home.

According to Yang, neighbors had reportedly heard gunshots a day or two before Collins-Smith was discovered today. Her body was reportedly found wrapped in some sort of blanket.

KAIT8 reports that they are at Collins-Smith's house in Randolph County where police are investigating an unattended death as suspicious.

Sheriff Bell tells KAIT8 they do not believe the public is in danger.

A prosecuting attorney has reportedly issued a gag order, a legal order by a court or government, restricting information or comment from being made public.

Government officials' reactions to Collins-Smith's death below:

Senator Tom Cotton tweeted his condolences saying "I was deeply saddened to hear of Linda Collins-Smith's passing. She was a passionate leader who loved northeast Arkansas. I wish her friends and family comfort during this tragic time."

Governor Asa Hutchinson released the following statement:

"I’m both stunned and saddened by the death of former State Senator Linda Collins-Smith. She was a good person who served in the public arena with passion and conviction. The First Lady and I extend our deepest sympathies to her family and friends during this difficult time.”

This is a developing story, check back for updates.

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