Sen. Creigh Deeds released from hospital

Published: Nov. 22, 2013 at 2:11 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 22, 2013 at 9:37 PM EST
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (WWBT) - Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds was discharged from UVA Medical Center Friday morning, according to a hospital spokesperson.

The former gubernatorial-hopeful was repeatedly stabbed to the head and chest on Tuesday at his Bath County home. His son shot and killed himself, in what State Police investigators believe was an attempted murder-suicide.

Deeds was flown by helicopter to University of Virginia Medical Center with serious injuries Tuesday morning and initially listed in critical condition.

Dozens sent up prayers for his speedy recovery Thursday night during a candlelight vigil at the University of Virginia amphitheater.

A moment of silence was shared by college Democrats and Republicans, as students put their political views aside for one night.

Virginia State Police are still working to figure out the motive and the sequence of events. Sen. Deeds has been able to give investigators some statements.

Sen. Deeds has served in the state legislature for more than 20 years. He was elected to the House of Delegates in 1991, where he served until 2001 when he was elected to the State Senate.

Sen. Deeds was the Democratic nominee for governor in 2009, but lost to Bob McDonnell. He previously lost by less than 400 of votes to McDonnell in the 2005 Attorney General's race.

Gus had just withdrawn from William and Mary last month, according to the university. He was not currently enrolled, however had attended off and on since graduating from Bath County High School in 2007. The university called him a music major with a "strong academic record." Gus was charged with underage possession of alcohol in 2009, but the charge was later dismissed.

The investigation remains ongoing at this time by the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Salem Field Office.

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