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Former Senator Found Dead In Her Arkansas Home

Former Arkansas Senator, Linda Collins-Smith was reportedly found shot dead in her Pocahontas home on Tuesday.

According to her former press secretary Ken Yang, Collins-Smith’s neighbors heard gunshots a day or two before her remains were discovered rolled up in a blanket on Tuesday night. 

“I am in shock over the news of Sen. Linda Collins-Smith’s death,” Arkansas Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin tweeted. “I am heartbroken for her family & friends as they grieve, & my thoughts & prayers are with them during this tragic time.”

“Linda was a friend who had a deep faith in God & passion for her state & nation. She is missed.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

The 57-year old Republican was first elected to the Senate in 2014 for District 19 and served the state of Arkansas up until her re-election loss to James Sturch, last year. 

Yang told KATV that Collins-Smith’s death is being investigated as a murder.’

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Retonjah Burdette is a publicist and published content curator from Atlanta, Georgia. After receiving her Bachelor’s in Public Relations from Georgia Southern University in 2017, Burdette then went on to get field experience with one of the top entertainment PR firms in Atlanta. Since the start of her career, Burdette has worked with a number of actors, authors, entrepreneurs and independent artists. She has secured placements on media outlets such as TV One’s Sister Circle, Good Day Atlanta on FOX, V-103, CBS 46, Kontrol Magazine, KISS 104.1 and Rolling Out to name a few. In addition to her growth in PR, she is currently a writer for Baller Alert, a top platform for news and entertainment. In hopes of bringing the visions of others to life, she launched Girl Avant-Garde in 2019, a creative agency specializing in innovative content, branding and PR in entertainment. Her overall goal is to have autonomy over her creative thought process and to teach branding to new entrepreneurs and others pursuing a career in the public eye.

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