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Gov. Bryant orders flags to fly half-staff to honor Rep. Upshaw

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Flag flying half-staff at Old Capitol Building on State Street, downtown Jackson. Flag flying half-staff at Old Capitol Building on State Street, downtown Jackson.
Flag flying half-staff at Supreme Court Building in downtown Jackson. Flag flying half-staff at Supreme Court Building in downtown Jackson.
Rep. Jessica Upshaw (R), (Source: Mississippi Legislature website) Rep. Jessica Upshaw (R), (Source: Mississippi Legislature website)
JACKSON, MS (WLOX/WLBT) -

State flags on Mississippi buildings and grounds were flying at half-staff Saturday to honor the life of state Representative Jessica Upshaw. Governor Phil Bryant issued the executive order on Thursday.

Upshaw died Sunday, March 24, from what authorities say was an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Her body was found at the home of former Mississippi State Rep. Clint Rotenberry in Mendenhall.

According to former Rep. Rotenberry, he and Rep. Upshaw were dating and she had battled depression for many years.

"She has been under the care of a psychiatrist, a counselor," said Rotenberry. "She goes through group therapy, she's such a fighter. She would have to get up and fight the depression every day."

Upshaw spent the night at Rotenberry's house, and had apparently gone outside while he was taking a shower. He found her body behind her car.

"It appeared she had a gunshot wound to her head; it appeared to be self inflicted," said Simpson County Sheriff Kenneth Lewis Sunday. "Her body was found at 901 Mangum Street."

Lewis said the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation was called in to investigate because Upshaw was a State Representative. Lewis added officials are awaiting the results of the State Crime Lab to determine Upshaw's cause of death.

Upshaw, 53, was a Republican and represented House District 95, which consists of parts of Hancock and Harrison counties.

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