March 29, 2013 10:59:45 AM
JACKSON -- Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has ordered a period of mourning March 30 to honor the death of state Rep. Jessica Upshaw.
Upshaw, a Republican from Diamondhead, was found dead Sunday outside the home of former Rep. Clint Rotenberry, of Mendenhall, on March 24.
Authorities say she died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head but autopsy results are pending.
Bryant issued an executive order Thursday ordering state flags on Mississippi buildings and grounds be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Saturday.
In the document, Bryant called Upshaw a respected member of the Legislature and a dedicated public servant. He said the prayers of the state are with her family and friends.
Upshaw was 53 and had served in the Legislature since 2004.
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