Youth Pastor Arrested for Brutally Murdering Family on Thanksgiving
Just when you think that things can’t get any more bizarre, someone has to go and prove you wrong.
Holidays are known to be highly stressful times of the year, often leading to rifts in families that cause members to be estranged from the ones they love for years, sometimes the rest of their lives.
Rarely does it lead to murder, and even more rarely is it a pastor that carries out the grisly deed, but life can be stranger than fiction.
This Thankgiving, life was indeed stranger than fiction when a youth pastor murdered his entire family.
A Virginia youth pastor remained in jail Saturday after being charged in the Thanksgiving night shooting deaths of his wife, stepdaughter and the stepdaughter’s boyfriend, police said.
Christopher Gattis, 58, was charged with three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony, Sergeant P.H. Zoffuto of Chesterfield County Police said in a statement, reports CBS6.
Police said Jeanett Gattis, 58; her daughter Candice Kunze, 30; and Andrew Buthorn, 36, who was Kunze’s boyfriend, were shot to death at the home in Chester that they shared with Gattis shortly before 11:30 p.m. on Thursday.
The incident appeared to be domestic in nature, police said, but they were still investigating.
Gattis was a youth pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Chester, according to Gattis’ Facebook page. Chester is a suburb of Richmond, Virginia.
“Members of Grace Lutheran Church are deeply saddened by the loss of life last night as a result of three individuals being shot in Chester, and this tragedy included members of Grace Lutheran Church,” the church said in a statement posted on its website.
Gattis was being held in county jail with no bond, police said. He is scheduled to appear in General District Court on Monday.
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
November 26th, 2017
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