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Police: Prominent Va. Lawmaker Apparently Stabbed By Son

NPR | Nov. 20, 2013 5:41 a.m.

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Mark Memmott

Virginia State Sen. Creigh Deeds in 2009, when he was the Democratic nominee in his state's gubernatorial race.

Virginia State Sen. Creigh Deeds in 2009, when he was the Democratic nominee in his state's gubernatorial race.

AP, Jacquelyn Martin

Creigh Deeds, a Democratic state senator in Virginia who was his party’s 2009 gubernatorial nominee, “is in critical condition at the University of Virginia Medical Center after he was stabbed in his home Tuesday morning,” Richmond’s WRIC-TV reports.

The station and the Richmond Times-Dispatch say that Deeds’ son Gus is dead from a gunshot wound, according to law enforcement sources. The Times-Dispatch writes that “authorities said they are trying to determine the sequence of events at the Deeds home in Bath County,” in the central part of the state along the border with West Virginia.

Deeds, 55, lost the 2009 race to Republican Robert McDonnell by almost 17.5 percentage points. Gus Deeds was in his early- to mid-20s, according to reporting from the Times-Dispatch.

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