November 19, 2013

Police believe Va. senator was stabbed by son

The former gubernatorial candidate is in fair condition and his son is dead in an apparent murder-suicide attempt.

By Steve Szkotak
The Associated Press

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In a Sept. 25, 2009 photo, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds spends time with his son Gus, left, on the road to Halifax, Va., between campaign events. Virginia State Police confirmed Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 that Creigh Deeds was stabbed multiple times and his son Gus, 24, was shot and killed at Deeds’ Home in Bath County, Va., during a Tuesday morning assault.

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FILE - This Feb. 1, 2010 file photo shows Virginia State Sen. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath, gestures during debate on a health care bill during the Senate session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Police say a Deeds, a state senator and former gubernatorial candidate is in the hospital after being assaulted at his home in Virginia, and another person was found dead inside the home. Virginia State Police said in a news release Tuesday that Deeds, who unsuccessfully ran for governor four years ago, had suffered serious injuries.

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McAuliffe, now governor-elect, called it a sad day for Virginia.

“We join people across the Commonwealth and country in wishing him a full recovery,” he said.

Deeds and his ex-wife, Pam, divorced shortly after the 2009 campaign. Deeds remarried last year.

Deeds’ reputation among colleagues has been as a thoughtful legislator. On social issues, he is generally to the right of party liberals, supporting abortion rights, but opposing gay marriage and gun control measures. He wrote a constitutional amendment guaranteeing Virginians’ right to hunt and fish.

He proved to be a reserved campaigner in 2009, and was even described as shy by his fellow lawmakers.

“I don’t like fundraising. I don’t like being away from home all the time,” he said during the campaign. “I enjoy the service. I enjoy the work that politics allows you to do. I don’t know that I really enjoy the process that much.”

Deeds spent most of his childhood in Bath County, where his family settled in the 1740s. The rural county is known for the high-end Homestead resort, but Deeds grew up on the other side of the mountain.

“I didn’t grow up on the end of the county where you learn to ski and play golf as a child,” he said. Deeds lived on a farm after his parents divorced when he was about 7.

Deeds’ current home is set in rural farmland, and aerial photographs showed a large white house on the property and a red barn nearby.

Deeds’ grandfather was the Democratic Party chairman in Bath County during the Great Depression.

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