For the second time in two days, one other former state senator has been discovered useless inside their residence.
On Thursday evening, former Oklahoma state senator Jonathan Nichols was found useless inside his Norman, OK residence from an obvious gunshot, in keeping with a press launch from Norman Police Division.
Authorities discovered Nichols, 53, who served as a Republican senator for 12 years, after receiving a name that any individual had been shot within the house.
The case presently stays beneath investigation by NPD’s Felony Investigations Division and the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Workplace, who’re working to find out Nichols’ trigger and method of loss of life, in keeping with the press launch.
Nichols leaves behind his spouse Talitha and their two daughters.
The previous lawmaker’s loss of life comes two days after Linda Collins-Smith, a former Arkansas state senator, was discovered useless in her residence.
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On Tuesday, Collins-Smith, who switched from the Democratic social gathering to the Republican social gathering in 2011 throughout her first time period within the Arkansas Home, was found in her Pocahontas residence with a gunshot wound, her former press secretary Ken Yang informed KATV.
It nonetheless stays unclear how, when, or why Collins-Smith was killed, however Yang informed the outlet that her neighbors had reportedly heard a number of gunshots only a day or two earlier than her physique was found, wrapped in some type of blanket.
The Randolph County Sheriff’s Division and Arkansas State Police are persevering with to research her loss of life as suspicious, Area eight Information experiences. Sheriff Kevin Bell additionally informed the outlet that the general public doesn’t look like in peril.
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Nichols served as a state senator from 2000-2012. He later went on to take employees positions within the state Home, Senate and the College of Oklahoma, KOCO Information 5 experiences.
On the time of his loss of life, Nichols was working as a senior coverage advisor for Home Speaker Charles McCall, in keeping with NonDoc.
In a press release to the native outlet, McCall remembered Nichols for being “proud but humble” and mentioned he was a “valuable” employees member and good friend.
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“I am shocked and incredibly saddened to learn that Jonathan has passed away. He was a valuable member of my staff and a friend. Jonathan was a very proud man, but he served humbly,” McCall mentioned. “He was proud of his family and loved them deeply, he was proud of Norman and he was proud of Oklahoma.”
McCall didn’t instantly reply to PEOPLE’s request for remark.
The Oklahoma Home Speaker was not the one political determine to pay tribute to Nichols within the wake of his passing. Republican State Senator Rob Standridge, who presently represents Nichols’ previous district, additionally wrote a touching message to the late politician.
“Senator Jonathan Nichols was the most brilliant political, legal mind in the Oklahoma State Legislature, and worked tirelessly as a senator and for years on staff to help guide our state forward,” Standridge wrote. “Jonathan was a great friend, a mentor, a confidant, and was always there for me in whatever situation I was in.”
“From political advice to a sounding board for each other’s challenges in life, my friendship with Jonathan touched every aspect of my life, and I will miss him dearly,” he continued.
“Talitha and their daughters are in our prayers, and we ask all those in Senate District 15 and in the state to say a prayer of thanks for Senator Nichols’ service and a prayer of support for his grieving family,” Standridge added.