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PRESIDENT OF TULSA’S BLACK WALL STREET CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND HUSBAND FOUND DEAD




According to the Bixby Police Department, a Black couple was discovered dead in their Tulsa, Oklahoma, home on Wednesday morning.


The slain pair was named as Sherry Gamble Smith and her husband Martin Everett Smith by The Independent. When police got at the house, Sherry, the president of the Black Wall Street Chamber of Commerce in Tulsa, was already dead.


Her husband passed away after being rushed to the hospital in a severe condition.


Police said that after getting a report at 8:05 a.m., officers responded to the residence near 111th and Mingo and arrived there six minutes later at 8:11 a.m.


The Bixby Police Department will get assistance from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation in this matter. There are no suspects they are looking for.


SETH ADCOCK OF THE BIXBY POLICE DEPARTMENT SAID TO THE INDEPENDENT, "IT APPEARS TO BE DOMESTIC IN NATURE, BUT THE INVESTIGATION IS STILL UNDERWAY TO DETERMINE THE TIMELINE AND WHAT LEAD TO THIS TRAGEDY."


The couple's passing was also confirmed by Freeman Culver, president of the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, according to 2 News Oklahoma. Smith has been president and CEO of the Black Wall Street Chamber since its establishment in 2018. According to Public Radio Tulsa, she also started the Juneteenth Festival in Tulsa.


According to lifelong friend and pastor Jamaal Dyer, "those people who worked hard with her, her children, her family, and other community members that were as concerned about the community as she was, will have to pull together and continue her legacy." Make the investments Mom made in our lives—the tools and the deposits—come true.

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