Christopher Gattis a Virginia youth pastor is facing charges after authorities say he murdered three people in his family on Thanksgiving. Police told WTVR the pastor murdered his own wife, her daughter and the daughter’s boyfriend. Neighbors said everyone on the Chester block is close-knit and that many of them knew the victims and the suspect.
A welcome sign still hangs on the home that was the scene of a Thanksgiving triple homicide. “My wife hear some strange noise. She was like, what is that noise, you know. Then it was a gunshot. Pow,” neighbor Mike Brown said. Brown stepped outside his home to find his friend and neighbor in police custody.
“I walked over there into the neighbor’s yard and I was like ‘Is that two bodies laying on the ground?’ Cause they had him on the ground and he was right there beside the guy I guess he had shot,” Brown said. Police found 36-year-old Andrew Buthorn, Buthorn’s 30-year-old girlfriend Candice Kunze and her mother Jeanett Gattis shot and killed at the home they all shared.
Jeanett’s husband, Christopher Gattis, turned himself in and is charged with their murders. The deacon at Grace Lutheran Church confirmed that Gattis was a full time youth pastor. He described him as an “excellent man” and said he is in disbelief. As are neighbors, who say that’s not the Chris they knew. “Never seen that in him. He was always a gentle guy,” Brown said.
Gattis, who is being held without bond at the Chesterfield County Jail, was charged with three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.