Tragic news out of Virginia this morning. It is being reported that State Senator Creigh Deeds has been stabbed and his son has been killed.

More from Times Dispatch:

Sen. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath, is in critical condition after being stabbed in his home and his son Gus is dead from a gunshot wound, law enforcement sources told the Richmond Times-Dispatch this morning.

Twitter users immediately began sending prayers.



Governor McDonnell’s full statement:

RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell issued the following statement this morning following news from Bath County that State Senator Creigh Deeds has been seriously injured in a morning altercation. Senator Deeds is currently being treated at U.Va.

“In this tough and sad time, our thoughts and prayers are with the Deeds family. The news from this morning is utterly heartbreaking. 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. I urge all Virginians today to join me in praying for a full and complete recovery for Creigh and for many more years of his public service to the Commonwealth. At this moment, our state unites in prayer for Creigh Deeds and his family.”

Update: Authorities will not yet confirm that Gus Deeds died of self-inflicted wound. However, they are not looking for suspects at this time:

Twitchy will continue to monitor this tragic story and will update with further developments.