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Senator Creigh Deeds discharged from UVA Medical Center

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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 Creigh Deeds' son Gus.  "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," said Byrd.  "He knows he's got all our prayers."

Friday, Deeds wrote a short post on Facebook and Twitter, saying those prayers have been "important" to him.  It was 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," said Byrd.  "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.




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From Creigh Deeds' facebook page, "I am alive so must live.  Some wounds won't heal.  Your prayers and your friendship are important to me."
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Doctors from UVA Medical Center discharged Senator Creigh Deeds Friday morning.

Deeds was originally in critical condition Tuesday morning after Virginia State Police say he was stabbed multiple times in the torso and head by his son Gus.

Police say Gus stabbed his father and than turned a rifle on himself Tuesday, November 19th. He died at the Deeds home in Bath County.

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