A youth pastor from Virginia was arrested Thanksgiving night after he allegedly killed three people, police say.
Christopher R. Gattis, 58, was found at the Chester home when officers reported to the scene where his wife, Jeanett Gattis, 58, her daughter, Candice Kunze, 30 and the daughter’s boyfriend, Andrew Buthorn, 36, were shot dead.
Startled neighbors heard the gunshots just before midnight.
When officers scoped the scene, they discovered the women’s bodies inside the home and the man’s, in the front yard.
The suspect was a full-time cleric at Grace Lutheran Church on Harrowgate Road, according to his Facebook page.
‘This incident appears to be domestic related,’ Chesterfield Police Sgt. P.H. Zoffuto confirmed in a news release Friday.
A neighbor and friend to the pastor described the suspect as ‘a gentle man,’ local WTRV reported.
Mike Brown said: ‘We were all friends; we hang out sometimes [and] cook out in the back.
‘I mean, every time I see them, they’re always the same way. [I] had no clue that they were having problems that I knew of, but behind closed doors is behind closed doors.’
A church deacon, in disbelief of the horrific news, said Gattis was ‘an excellent man.’
Meanwhile, members of the parish expressed their mourning message after learning of the community deaths.
‘Members of Grace Lutheran Church are deeply saddened by the loss of life last night as a result of three individuals being shot in Chester and this tragedy included members of Grace Lutheran Church,’ the statement read.
‘Grace Lutheran Church has experienced many hardships over the years, but this heartbreak has unique challenges.
‘[We] ask for the prayers from the community as our congregation begins the process of addressing the grief being experienced by everyone involved.’
The pastor has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder. He is being held without bond in the Chesterfield County Jail.
‘It’s just sad that their Thanksgiving ended that way,’ said family friend, Larry Patton.
The holiday murder investigation is underway.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Police have arrested a youth pastor after he allegedly killed his wife, her daughter and the daughter’s boyfriend at a home in Chester, Virginia, on Thanksgiving night.
Officers discovered two women and a man shot to death at a home on Dogwood Ridge Court in the Ashley Forrest subdivision around 11:30 p.m. Thursday, KTLA sister station WTVR in Richmond, Virginia, reported.
Officials said the women’s bodies were found inside the home and that the man’s body was found in the front yard.
The victims were identified as 58-year-old Jeanett L. Gattis, 30-year-old Candice L. Kunze and 36-year-old Andrew E. Buthorn.
“The victims and suspect all lived at the residence in the 14000 block of Dogwood Ridge Court and this incident appears to be domestic related,” Sgt. P.H. Zoffuto with the Chesterfield County Police Department said in a news release. “Jeanett Gattis is the wife of Christopher Gattis. Buthorn is the boyfriend of Kunze, who is the daughter of Jeanett Gattis.”
Police said 58-year-old Christopher Gattis was arrested at the scene without incident.
Gattis, who is being held without bond at the Chesterfield County Jail, faces charges including three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Neighbor heard shot
Neighbors said everyone on the block is close-knit and that many of them knew the victims and the suspect.
One neighbor said that when he heard a gunshot last night, police were already on the scene by the time he came outside. He said he then saw a man’s body and the suspect in handcuffs.
Neighbor Mike Brown was stunned by the tragedy and said the suspect was a friend and a gentle man.
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From New York Daily News
A domestic dispute turned deadly when a man shot and killed his wife, her daughter, and the daughter’s boyfriend at their Virginia home on Thanksgiving evening, police said.
Christopher Gattis, 58, was charged with three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
His victims were Jeanett Gattis, 58, her daughter, 30-year-old Candice Kunze, and Kunze’s boyfriend, 36-year-old Andrew Buthorn.
All three victims died of gunshot wounds.
Police arrested Christopher Gattis at the scene.
The suspect is a youth pastor at Grace Lutheran Church, according to NBC 12.
Police described the scene in a 911 call obtained by the outlet.
“I have one detained; be advised he shot three people…I got one male subject on the ground. He’s got two gunshots to the stomach…Sir, we have two females down in the kitchen.”
Officials said the women’s bodies were found inside the home and the man’s body was found in the front yard.
Gattis is being held without bond at the Chesterfield County Jail.
Neighbors described residents of the Dogwood Ridge Court block in the Ashley Forrest subdivision as members of a tight-knit community.
“We were all friends,” neighbor Mike Brown said of the suspect and his family.
“We hang out sometimes [and] cook out in the back,” he told WTVR. “I mean every time I see them, they’re always the same way. [I] had no clue that they were having problems that I knew of, but behind closed doors is behind closed doors.”