A former state senator from Arkansas was found dead at her home Tuesday, reportedly from a gunshot wound.
Linda Collins-Smith's death is being investigated as a murder, according to her former press secretary, Ken Yang.
The Randolph County Sheriff's Department, which is leading the investigation, declined comment Wednesday when contacted by InsideEdition.com. A message left with the Arkansas State Police, which is helping investigate the former politician's death, was not immediately returned.
Collins-Smith was a Democrat when she was elected to Arkansas' House in 2011. She switched to the Republican party during her first term. She was a conservative who advocated for gun rights and was anti-abortion.
She was elected to the state senate in 2014, but lost her 2018 re-election bid.
Reactions to her death poured into social media.
I am in shock over the news of Sen. Linda Collins-Smith’s death. I am heartbroken for her family & friends as they grieve, & my thoughts & prayers are w/ them during this tragic time. Linda was a friend who had a deep faith in God & passion for her state & nation. She is missed.— Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin (@LtGovTimGriffin) June 5, 2019
To so many of us, Senator Linda Collins-Smith was more than just a colleague. She was a friend and warm person. We are stunned and saddened to hear of her death.— Democratic Party of Arkansas (@ArkDems) June 5, 2019
Please join us in prayer as we remember her family and her loved ones. #arpx pic.twitter.com/7Gfx4BDiox
BREAKING:— Jan Morgan (@JanMorganMedia) June 5, 2019
State Senator, and my fear personal friend was found dead this evening in her home.
Authorities say it appears she was murdered .
The Senate is stunned and saddened to hear of the death of Sen. Linda Collins-Smith @Linda4Senate - she was a friend and passionate advocate. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family & friends. I pray whoever is responsible for her death is captured and brought to justice. https://t.co/ocEbI7nb3x— Sen. Jason Rapert (@jasonrapert) June 5, 2019