A Facebook page has been created to spread word of a remembrance event Tuesday morning at the Capitol for former Republican Sen. Linda Collins, who was found dead at her home last Tuesday near Pocahontas.
Ken Yang, who had worked in Collins’ political campaigns, said the family would issue a statement as part of the event at 10 a.m. The notice encourages those who attend to wear red, as the former senator often did.
A temporary memorial site and guest book will be set up on the 1st floor rotunda where the public can come pay tribute and respect to Linda’s memory. All notes, gifts, flowers, cards will be delivered to the family.
State Police and the local sheriff are investigating Collins’ death as a homicide, but few details have been revealed. Her body was found wrapped in a covering outside her home. She’d apparently been dead several days and was discovered when a family member checked on her. The cause of death hasn’t been revealed.
During her political career, she was known as Linda Collins-Smith, but her obituary notice identifies her as Linda Collins. She was divorced last fall from retired Circuit Judge Philip Smith and had begun using the name Linda Collins on social media.
Her funeral is at 10 a.m. Saturday in Pocahontas, with a visitation Friday night, both at Sutton Free Will Baptist Church.