Virginia State senator stabbed, son dead, state police say

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POSTED: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 12:29pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 12:38pm

Virginia police summoned to a state lawmaker's home by a 911 call found the legislator stabbed repeatedly and his son fatally wounded by a gunshot, a state police spokeswoman said Tuesday.

While Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller offered no motive for the incident Tuesday morning at state Sen. Creigh Deeds' home in Bath County, she said authorities were not seeking any suspects.

Deeds was flown to the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville, where spokeswoman Angela Taylor said he was in critical condition. He had been stabbed "about the head and upper torso," Geller said.

Deed's son, Gus Deeds, 24, died at the home despite the efforts of troopers to revive him, Geller said.

She declined to say who called 911, if the call came from the Deeds' home or any other details about the incident.

She did say that Deeds was able to talk with investigators both before he was airlifted to the hospital and after. The senator's family is with him at the hospital, she said.

Deeds, 55, is well known in Virginia political circles. A Democrat, he ran for attorney general in 2005 and for governor in 2009, both times against Republican Bob McDonnell, who is now Virginia's governor.

McDonnell issued a statement calling the news "heartbreaking."

"In this tough and sad time, our thoughts and prayers are with the Deeds family. The news from this morning is utterly heartbreaking," he said. "Creigh Deeds is an exceptional and committed public servant who has always done what he believes is best for Virginia and who gives his all to public service. He cares deeply about Virginia, and the people of Virginia care deeply for him."

On Twitter, Sen. Mark Warner called the report "stunning news."

"I am praying for @CreighDeeds and his family at this very, very difficult time," he tweeted.

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