Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds is back at work, a return to the Senate less than two months after being stabbed by his mentally ill and suicidal son
Deeds, 55, his face still bearing scars from the Nov. 19 attack by 24-year-old son, Austin “Gus” Deeds, who fatally shot himself in the attack, returned Wednesday for the Senate’s opening session, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported
“Everybody was very happy to see him,” Democratic state Sen. John Edwards told the newspaper. “He and his family have been through hell and we all want to support him in any way we can.”
The Times-Dispatch said Deeds offered thanks for the support of fellow senators, saying repeatedly “I appreciate it,” and continued to work even after the session recessed.
“He seemed to be determined to get back to work,” Edwards said.
Colleague Sen. Phillip Puckett told the Times-Dispatch Deeds is “still real emotional about Gus. Coming today was a big thing for him.”
Since the tragedy, Deeds, the 2009 Democratic nominee for governor, has vowed to improve the delivery of mental health services in Virginia, fixing a system he believes failed his son
“As long as I’ve got something left to do, I’ll keep going,” Deeds told a local newspaper, the Times-Dispatch reported.
“It shows the love and affection he had for Gus,” Puckett told the Times-Dispatch. “It would have been easy to walk away and quit. But he wants to be able to do something positive, to make a difference. To make sure other families don’t have to deal with what he did.”
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