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Black Wall Street Chamber Of Commerce President And Husband Found Dead After 'Domestic' Incident

Sherry Yvonne Smith, a president at a local nonprofit dedicated to uplifting local Black businesses, died along with her husband Martin Everett Smith after a "domestic" incident, according to authorities.

By Gina Tron
A personal photo of Sherry Gamble Smith and Martin Smith

A Black Wall Street Chamber of Commerce president and her husband are dead after a “domestic” incident in Oklahoma, according to authorities.

Sherry Yvonne Smith was discovered dead and her husband Martin Everett Smith wounded inside their Bixby home on Wednesday morning, the Bixby Police Department reported in a press release obtained by Tulsa World. Martin was in critical condition and was transported to a hospital where he died shortly after.

Police had responded to the home after a report of a death.

While the details of how the couple died have not been released, by Wednesday night, police issued another press release stating that the incident “appears to be domestic in nature but the investigation is still underway to determine the timeline and what (led) to this tragedy.”

Police are not looking for any suspect, Fox23 News reports.

The Bixby Police have not immediately responded to Oxygen.com’s request for comment or more information. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is assisting with the investigation, which is ongoing.

Sherry, also known as Sherry Gamble Smith, was president of the Black Wall Street Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, according to the organization, which is a nonprofit membership-based organization formed to promote the sound economic well-being of Black-owned businesses in the local community. 

“Black Wall Street Chamber has positioned itself as an advocate for local businesses and the community to effectively face these challenges,” the former community leader said in a statement on the site. “By building on our membership's collective strength, we can influence public policy related to business and economic development in the black community and the quality-of-life issues impacting the industry, such as transportation, education, and housing.”

The community is now reeling from her loss.

"My heart is very heavy over the death of Sherry Gamble Smith, visionary leader of the Black Wall Street Chamber in Tulsa," Ken Levit, executive director of Tulsa's George Kaiser Family Foundation tweeted on Wednesday. "She was a warm and wonderful human being full of generosity in spirit and a conviction to do justice and act with decency always."

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