2023 Author: Steven Freeman | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-27 15:22
What is supposed to have been a joyous and happy day for everyone has also featured tragedy as the protagonist. A Pastor in Virginia has been arrested and charged with killing three people, members of her family, on Thanksgiving Day.
The defendant is Christopher Gattis, 58. According to PEOPLE magazine, when authorities arrived at his home last Thursday they found the lifeless bodies of his wife Jeanett Gattis, their daughter Candice Kunze and that of her boyfriend, Andrew Buthorn. All died at gunpoint, the police assured the Associated Press agency.
With no criminal record, Gattis is being held in the Chesterfield County Jail under triple murder and, as the Rihmond Times-Dispatch publication points out, he does not yet have a defense attorney.
The alleged murderer worked as coordinator of young ministers at the institute for Grace Lutheran Church. It published a statement this Friday in which it postulated: "The members of the church are deeply saddened by the losses last night as a result of three people shot in Chester and that this tragedy included three members of our church," he begins. the writing.
"Grace Lutheran Church has had tough experiences in recent years, but this one especially breaks our hearts," the statement continues. "We ask for the prayers of our community as our congregation begins the process of dealing with the grief experienced by all involved."
Neighbors and acquaintances still do not understand what could have happened for Christopher to have committed such an act of violence. "They were good people," said Larry Patton, a neighbor and acquaintance of those killed and the alleged culprit. "[Christopher] did whatever it was for you. He always had a smile. I had a heart smile,”he explains, still incredulous.
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