RICHMOND (WRIC) - Lawmakers who've worked alongside Creigh Deeds for years are asking for everyone to pray for the Senator and his family. They say the news of the attack on their friend and colleague has sent shockwaves through their community.
Senator Henry Marsh has worked closely with Creigh Deeds over the years and calls him a good friend.
"It's like having something happen to a member of your family. He's a member of our senate family," he says. "He showed courage in his positions. He didn't shy away from a tough issue. He had the kind of integrity that I'd like to see more of in the Senate."
When Deeds ran for Governor in 2009, Marsh was one of his key supporters.
"Creigh is a caring person and his family means a lot to him, so I pray for the whole family at this time."
Senator Donald McEachin has also worked with Creigh Deeds on numerous issues over the years.
"Creigh is probably the most genuine person in the General Assembly," he says. "What you see is exactly what you get with Creigh from his passion for the packers to his passion for the Cincinnati Reds to his passion for his district. He's a great colleague and a wonderful friend."
Lawmakers from all over the state sent their thoughts and prayers to deeds and his family. Senator Mark Herring said "Creigh has always been a fighter and a tireless advocate on behalf of Virginia families and on behalf of our Commonwealth that he loves so dearly."
"We need his leadership in the senate and hopefully we'll still have it in the future."
Governor Bob McDonnell released a statement saying, "In this tough and sad time, our thoughts and prayers are with the Deeds family. The news from this morning is utterly heartbreaking. Creigh Deeds is an exceptional and committed public servant who has always done what he believes is best for Virginia and who gives his all to public service. He cares deeply about Virginia, and the people of Virginia care deeply for him.
I urge all Virginians today to join me in praying for a full and complete recovery for Creigh and for many more years of his public service to the Commonwealth. At this moment, our state unites in prayer for Creigh Deeds and his family."
Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones also released a statement on Tuesday saying, "I'm praying for my friend Creigh right now. This is a senseless act of violence against a good and gentle man. As law enforcement's investigation unfolds, let's all keep Creigh and his family in our prayers."
Deeds has also received an outpouring of support on Twitter.
Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe tweeted, "Dorothy and I are praying for the Deeds family at this difficult time."
Senator Mark Warner tweeted, "Stunning news from Bath County. I am praying for @CreighDeeds and his family at this very, very difficult time."
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor tweeted, "Praying for Creigh Deeds and his family."
The College of William & Mary said it was "saddened to hear this tragic news. Gus Deeds was a member of the William & Mary community. He had been enrolled as a student at William & Mary since 2007, though not continuously. He withdrew from the College last month and was not currently enrolled at the time of his death. Our hearts go out to the entire Deeds family."
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