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Virginia State Senator Stabbed By Son Who Later Kills Self

Story By: Larry Stine



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  Original Published: 11/20/2013 Virginia state senator and former gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds is still in the hospital. But his condition is improving. Police say Deeds was stabbed multiple times during a fight with his son. Gus Deeds, 24, later died from what police are calling a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Andrew Spencer has more on Deeds' son's mental health issures and how his father was trying to help. Creigh Deeds' son was often seen on-stage with his father during political events. Friends say the two had a close, very affectionate relationship. "One of the memories I have of Creigh and Gus was them traveling the tate together," says Chap Petersen, friend of Sen. Deeds. "I think back to Creigh's run for attorney general in 2005. "Gus was his driver. They traveled together. Creigh tried to make time for him to travel together." But more recently, signs of trouble. Deeds moved his son in with him, an attempt at achieving some stability, but just last month, the 24-year-old dropped out of school. Then on Monday, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Gus, underwent an emergency mental health evaluation, but was not admitted for treatment. A family friend said Deeds was committed to getting his son help. "I know that as a father, he had a lot of concerns about his son," said Petersen. "Just issues involving dropping out of school and things of that nature." Paul Mones, wrote about violence within families in his book, "When A Child Kills." "In these circumstances, it's counterintuitive but they really have a close relationship, often times just the tightness of the relationship and the volitility of it, there's an undercurrent of real anxiety in the relationship, even though the parent really loves the child and shows the child great concern," says Mones. Investigators have been able to speak with Deeds, but he remains in the hospital and has not spoken publicly.
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