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In Memoriam ...

The public is still stunned about the death of former State Senator Linda Collins, the name she was recently known by, who was found dead outside her home on June 4. The case is under investigation as a homicide and details about the circumstances of her death have been sealed. The very rare, if not unprecedented “gag order” continues and the public is left with no information about the method of death, time of death or any other details. On Tuesday, her colleagues in the Arkansas Legislature held a memorial service at the State Capitol to honor her memory. Ken Yang, who worked with Collins on her Senate campaign organized the event. Yang chastised people for “sounding off on social media” and to the “media in general” about Collins’ death. “I want to say this as firm, but not mean, as I can. Please respect the family. Please share only official news from the police and from the funeral home.” Erin Hogan, who was an aide to Collins in the 2017 Legislative session said, “She was a true conservative, a patriot, a stateswoman, and my very, very dear friend.” She told of trips back to Collins’ district to attend an event after finishing a day of work at the capitol. She was tireless and that dedicated to her constituents, Hogan said. Two of her closest associates, Sen. Missy Irvin and Sen. Gary Stubblefield spoke about their friendships with Collins. Both spoke of her passion and dedication. Irvin who campaigned with Collins and shared the same passions and issues. spoke about Linda’s faith. “This is what I will always remember most about her: She was true to her views because of the deep belief in God and in his word,” Irvin said. “She was a Christian, and she wasn’t afraid to ruffle feathers to let you know about what His word said about that issue.” Sen. Stubblefield mentioned he and Collins became fast friends when they discovered they had similar childhood backgrounds. 

 

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