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Creigh Deeds, former governor candidate and Virginia state senator, stabbed multiple times; son is dead

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Video: Possible murder-suicide involving VA Senator

Video: Police Treat Va. Senator Attack as 'Murder-Suicide' Attempt

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. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

 

(USA TODAY) - Creigh Deeds, a veteran state senator and unsuccessful candidate for governor of Virginia in 2009, was hospitalized with multiple stab wounds Tuesday in an incident at his southern Virginia home that left his 24-year-old son dead, state police said.

Deeds, 55, was listed in critical condition at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

According to the Associated Press, police say early indications reveal Deeds was stabbed by his son, before the son killed himself.

The popular Democratic legislator suffered serious stab wounds to his head and upper torso, Corinne Geller, spokesperson for the Virginia State Police told reporters.

She said troopers responded to an early morning 911 call to Deeds' residence in Millsboro where they found Deeds' son, Gus, alive but suffering gunshot wounds. He died at the scene, Geller said.

Geller said troopers were still investigating the circumstances of the incident but were not searching for any suspects.

WSLS-TV quoted police investigators at the scene as saying Deeds had left the property on foot after being stabbed and walked to a nearby highway where he was picked up by a family member.

Deeds had four children with his first wife, whom he divorced in 2010. He remarried in 2012.

The longtime state legislator ran unsuccessfully for attorney general in 2005.

In 2009, he defeated Terry McAuliffe for the Democratic nomination for governor in a three-way race, but lost to Bob McDonnell, the current Republican governor. McAuliffe recently won the race for governor as McDonnell's successor.

McDonnell issued a statement saying Virginians were united in prayer for the Deeds family "in this tough and sad time."

"The news from this morning is utterly heartbreaking," the governor said in his statement. "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."

McAuliffe, the governor-elect, tweeted: "Dorothy and I are praying for the Deeds family at this difficult time."

"Stunning news from Bath County," Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said in a tweet. "I am praying for @CreighDeeds and his family at this very, very difficult time".

U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said in a tweet: "Praying for Creigh Deeds and his family."

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