Virginia youth pastor charged in Thanksgiving triple homicide

A domestic dispute turned deadly when a man shot and killed his wife, her daughter, and the daughter’s boyfriend at their Virginia home on Thanksgiving evening, police said.

Christopher Gattis, 58, was charged with three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

His victims were Jeanett Gattis, 58, her daughter, 30-year-old Candice Kunze, and Kunze’s boyfriend, 36-year-old Andrew Buthorn.

All three victims died of gunshot wounds.

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Police arrested Christopher Gattis at the scene.

The suspect is a youth pastor at Grace Lutheran Church, according to NBC 12.

Police described the scene in a a 911 call obtained by the outlet.

“I have one detained; be advised he shot three people...I got one male subject on the ground. He’s got two gunshots to the stomach...Sir, we have two females down in the kitchen.”

Officials said the women’s bodies were found inside the home and the man’s body was found in the front yard.

Gattis is being held without bond at the Chesterfield County Jail.

Neighbors described residents of the Dogwood Ridge Court block in the Ashley Forrest subdivision as members of a tight-knit community.

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1. Least homicidal - New Hampshire

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: 1.23
2015: 0.96

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2. Rhode Island

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: 2.24
2015: 0.99

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3. Maine

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: no data
2015: 1.14

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4. Massachusetts

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: 2.18
2015: 1.26

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5. Utah

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: 1.64
2015: 1.29

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6. Idaho

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: 1.14
2015: 1.29

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7. Iowa

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: 1.44
2015: 1.62

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8. North Dakota

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: no data
2015: 1.69

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9. Vermont

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: 2.35
2015: 1.76

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10. Minnesota

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: 1.45
2015: 1.77

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11. South Dakota

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: no data
2015: 1.97

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12. New York

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: 9.57
2015: 2.07

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13. Wyoming

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: 2.27
2015: 2.16

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14. Montana

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: 2.52
2015: 2.17

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15. Washington

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: 2.39
2015: 2.32

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16. Oregon

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: 1.96
2015: 2.35

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17. Connecticut

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: 3.63
2015: 2.43

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18. Colorado

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: 2.94
2015: 2.46

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19. Nebraska

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: 1.93
2015: 2.67

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20. West Virginia

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: 4.62
2015: 2.89

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21. Wisconsin

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: 2.75
2015: 3.18

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22. New Jersey

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: 2.84
2015: 3.22

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23. Virginia

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: 5.54
2015: 3.29

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24. Kansas

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: 3.81
2015: 3.35

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25. California

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: 8.74
2015: 3.52

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49. Louisiana

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: 13.49
2015: 9.96

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26. Arizona

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: 5.57
2015: 3.56

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27. Kentucky

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: 4.59
2015: 3.96

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28. Texas

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: 10.43
2015: 4.04

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29. Pennsylvania

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: 3.88
2015: 4.34

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30. Ohio

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: 3.89
2015: 4.38

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31. Nevada

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: 7.15
2015: 4.49

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32. North Carolina

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: 8.25
2015: 4.54

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33. Indiana

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: 4.16
2015: 4.61

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34. Florida

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: 7.35
2015: 4.66

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35. Michigan

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: 7.95
2015: 4.74

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36. New Mexico

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: 5.34
2015: 4.79

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37. Alaska

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: 2.84
2015: 5.22

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38. Arkansas

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: 8.48
2015: 5.34

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39. Illinois

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: 7.91
2015: 5.45

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40. Tennessee

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: 7.69
2015: 5.71

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41. Georgia

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: 9.01
2015: 5.73

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42. Oklahoma

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: 4.90
2015: 5.87

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43. Delaware

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: 2.15
2015: 6.12

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44. South Carolina

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: 7.34
2015: 7.55

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45. Maryland

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: 8.07
2015: 7.69

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46. Alabama

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: 9.90
2015: 8.43

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47. Missouri

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: 7.54
2015: 7.92

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48. Mississippi

Firearm-homicide rate: 
1991: 10.33
2015: 9.11

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“We were all friends,” neighbor Mike Brown said of the suspect and his family.

“We hang out sometimes [and] cook out in the back,” he told WTVR. “I mean every time I see them, they’re always the same way. [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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