Three people were found slain at a house in Virginia on Thanksgiving night, authorities said, and a suspect was arrested who was described in a newspaper account as a youth pastor at a church. Police described the incident as domestic-related.
The police in Chesterfield County, Va., a suburb of Richmond, said Jeanett L. Gattis, 58, Candice L. Kunze, 30, and Andrew E. Buthorn, 36, were all found dead at a house on Dogwood Court in Chester, Va. All had been shot, police said. They said Christopher R. Gattis, 58, was arrested at the scene and charged with three counts of murder.
In a statement, the Chesterfield County police said the victims and suspect all lived at the same house. They said Jeanett Gattis was the wife of Christopher Gattis, the man who was arrested. They said Candice Kunze was the daughter of Jeanett Gattis. Buthorn was described by police as the boyfriend of Kunze.
A Facebook profile page for a Christopher Gattis listed his occupation as director of youth ministry since 2014 at the Grace Lutheran Church in Chester, Va.
Two photographs on the profile page showed a man who resembled the man shown in the booking photograph police released of the suspect. The man in both of the Facebook pictures and in the booking photograph wears a mustache and goatee. The man in the booking photo is older, however.
On the website of the Grace Lutheran Church, the following statement could be read late Friday night.
“Members of Grace Lutheran Church are deeply saddened by the loss of life Thursday night as a result of three individuals being shot in Chester and this tragedy included members of Grace Lutheran Church.
“Grace Lutheran Church has experienced many hardships over the years, but this heartbreak has unique challenges. Grace Lutheran Church asks for the prayers from the community as our congregation begins the process of addressing the grief being experienced by everyone involved.”
As read Friday night, nothing on the church website made any specific reference to Gattis by name, or to any role of his at the church. Available online public records for Christopher R. Gattis say nothing about any employment at the church.
However, the Richmond Times-Dispatch newspaper described Gattis on its website as a youth pastor.
According to the Times-Dispatch, the website of Grace Lutheran had said he was the youth pastor there.