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Senator Creigh Deeds Discharged From UVA Medical Center

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State Senator Creigh Deeds was released from UVA Medical center Friday after being there since Tuesday.

Police say Deeds was stabbed multiple times outside his Millboro home by his son Gus, who later died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

People across the commonwealth were shocked by the incident, but particularly those in Bath County, where the Deeds family is so well known.

The people who live in Bath County will tell you it's usually a happy place.  But this week, they say, has been anything but.

"It doesn't make sense at all," said Brian LaFountain, who has lived in Bath County for more than 30 years and at one time worked with Gus Deeds. "You can't really put your mind around what it means.  It's beyond sad."

"It's just heartbreaking," said Betsy Byrd.

Byrd has known Deeds since he was in middle school. She says watching the details of this case unfold -- from his stabbing, to the death of his son, and lingering questions about the mental health system -- have been tough for her and the entire community.

"He's cared more for this county than any one person I can think of," Byrd said. "He knows he's got all our prayers."

Friday, Deeds wrote a short post on Facebook and Twitter, in his first public comment since the incident. He wrote the post just hours after being discharged from the UVA Medical Center Friday, saying, "I am alive so must live. Some wounds won't heal. Your prayers and your friendship are important to me."

Byrd says the community may never fully heal from this tragic incident.

"It's going to stay, I'm afraid," Byrd said. "It will be a long process for the whole county."

But she and others stressed that the Deeds family won't have to go through that healing process alone.

"Everybody here is crazy about him," said Byrd.

"He's part of the patchwork of this community," said LaFountain.