Virginia youth pastor charged in Thanksgiving Day triple homicide

Christopher Gattis

On Friday, officials identified the victims as the alleged shooter's wife Jeanett Gattis, her daughter Candice Kunze, and Andrew Buthorn, who is Kunze's boyfriend, NBC12 reported.

"I heard a bang", said one neighbor, Darius Williams, who was keeping a watchful eye over his 10-year-old nephew, Miles Lowman, as he played in the yard with a football Friday morning.

Neighbor Larry Patton told that members of the Gattis family were 'good people.' He said Candice had only recently moved into the family home with her boyfriend six weeks ago. Police say the "sole suspect" was found at the home and taken into custody.

Gattis, who is being held without bond at Riverside Regional Jail, was charged with three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. As ABC Action News reported, the parents of the teenager contacted police to say that Bisesti had touched the young girl a number of times at church functions.

The deacon at Grace Lutheran Church said Gattis was a full-time youth pastor and described him as an excellent man, saying this tragedy has left the community heartbroken.

The church said in a statement that it was "deeply saddened" by the tragedy and asked for prayers. "Grace Lutheran Church has experienced many hardships over the years, but this heartbreak has unique challenges", the church said in a statement.

Jeanett Gattis worked at Napier Realtors for 15 years.

To date police have offered no motive for the reason, but initial speculation centers on the notion that the shooting may have as the result of a 'domestic dispute'.

"I looked at that body all night", Denise Patton said. They welcomed us when we were moving in.

"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".

Anyone with information that could help investigators is asked to call Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660. "[I] had no clue that they were having problems that I knew of, but behind closed doors is behind closed doors".



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