Youth pastor arrested for allegedly killing his family on Thanksgiving

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(11/24/2017) Police in Chesterfield County, Virginia are investigating a domestic-related homicide after three family members were found murdered at a home in Chester on Thanksgiving night.

According to WRIC-TV, Police responded to an alarm call on Dogwood Ridge Court around 11:30 p.m. When they arrived, officers found a man dead in the front yard of a home. They also found two women dead inside the house.

The victims have been identified as 36-year-old Andrew E. Buthorn, 58-year-old Jeanett L. Gattis and 30-year-old Candice L. Kunze. Police say all three victims were shot to death.

The suspect, 58-year-old Christopher R. Gattis, was located at the scene and arrested without incident.

Police said all three victims and suspect lived together at the home.

Police have charged C. Gattis with three counts of first degree murder and three counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. He is being held without bond at Chesterfield County Jail. He will appear in court on November 27.

According to WTVR-TV, Gattis was a full-time youth pastor at Grace Lutheran Church. A deacon told WTVR they are in disbelief about the allegations, saying the suspect was often at the church, including the church’s Thanksgiving feast earlier that day.

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