November 19th, 2013
09:25 PM ET

Virginia lawmaker stabbed; son dead in what police are calling an attempted murder-suicide

A Virginia state senator was brutally stabbed in his home Tuesday morning.

Creigh Deeds, a former Democratic candidate for governor was found with multiple stab wounds to his head and torso.

Investigators say his son Austin, "Gus" Deeds stabbed him and then took his own life.

According to the Richmond Times Dispatch, Gus Deeds was having mental health issues and was given an evaluation Monday, but was released because there weren't enough beds to keep him.

Police are investigating the case as an attempted murder-suicide.

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  1. Jennifer Kelly

    Mental Health will always be an issue in the U.S. Mental Health will continue to a problem simply because of the way the system is with academic, college graduates who graduate in the field with high loan only to face that fact that our Government continues to cut mental health funding. The average graduate in Social Work, Marriage and Family, Human Service and psychology leave master level program to endure supervision for an additional two years at a cost to the intern/resident. Once the completion of a paid internship is complete mental health professional face an average income of 30,000 a year with 100,000 in school loans. In our economic lows it is not motivating or helpful to expect a master level graduate pay high cost for education only to endure exam and additional requirement and cost in order to provide mental health coverage. If each state changed their requirements to be more accommodating to college graduate and not require an additional 3000 hours of a paid internship after 40-60,000 dollar master degree out mental health system will remain the same. Mental Health and Education funds are cut first and we wonder why there are so many problems with providing excellent service to our mental health clients and our students.

    November 20, 2013 at 7:46 pm | Reply

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