The Clarion Ledger is reporting this, now, as an apparent suicide, but the MBI is investigating the issue further.
While this is certainly news to be reported, we at Cottonmouth would mostly like to offer our condolences to Representative Upshaw's friends, family, and constituents during this tragedy.
Two quotes stuck out to me regarding this incident, one regarding Representative Upshaw, and one taking a broader view of the situation. I will leave you with each:
"This is an instance where replacement is not possible. Jessica will be sorely missed.”
- Rep Bobby Moak
"Prayers to her family and to legislators. This has been a tough session."