Flags flying at half-staff in honor of Kansas Rep. Terrell

TOPEKA, Kan. TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Flags are being flown at half-staff in honor of Kansas Rep. Patsy Terrell who was found dead last week in her hotel room near the Capitol.

The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://bit.ly/2so8pUE ) reports that flags will remain in that position at all state buildings, state grounds and state facilities through Saturday, when she will be interred.

The Hutchinson Democrat was found dead last Wednesday. Topeka police said they didn't believe foul play was involved.

The day before her death, Terrell was one of 88 House members who voted to override Brownback's veto of a tax bill. The freshman legislator said in one of her last tweets that she was "happy to be one of those override votes" and that it was "what people sent me here to do."
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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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6/13/2017 8:20:09 AM (GMT -5:00)

Kansas lawmakers held a moment of silence Wednesday night after Rep. Patsy Terrell (D) Hutchinson was found dead in her hotel room earlier in the day.

The GOP caucus held the moment of silence Wednesday night. The Topeka Police Department tells our sister station WIBW that Terrell died of natural causes.

Police say officers responded to Topeka's downtown Ramada after hotel management conducted a welfare check on Terrell.

Terrell began serving in the Kansas House this year after being elected to serve District 102 last November.

Wednesday evening, Rep. Jim Ward (D) Wichita, issued the following statement:

""We are heartbroken to share the news that Representative Patsy Terrell passed away today. Patsy cast a bright light in the Kansas House of Representatives and was an unrelenting advocate for the people of District 102 and Hutchinson. She was proud of her work in the legislature and gave it her full commitment. We will miss her cheerful spirit, big smile, and quest for making Kansas a better state."

Ward says plans to celebrate Terrell's life "will be released at a later time."