November 19, 2013
In the hours after his death, new information has been revealed about the 24-year-old son of Senator Creigh Deeds. Austin, "Gus" Deeds died of an apparent gunshot wound early Tuesday morning in his father's home in Bath County.
Deeds was a 2007 graduate of Bath County High School and enrolled at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg in the fall of that year. School officials say Deeds was a music major with a strong academic record. Deeds had withdrawn from the university earlier this semester and was not enrolled at the time of his death.
School officials released the following statement:
"William & Mary is very 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."
According to the Richmond-Times Dispatch, Gus Deeds had been released Monday following a mental health evaluation performed under an emergency custody order by the Rockbridge Area Community Services Board in Lexington.
State Police say Senator Deeds and his son were the only two people in the residence Tuesday morning when the incident took place and that investigators are not looking for any suspects.
Delegate David Toscano released the following statement on the Senator's relationship with his son.
"Senator Deeds was very close to his son Gus, and has taken herculean efforts to help him over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with Creigh and the family at this difficult time."
Along with Gus, Senator Deeds and his first wife, Pamela Kay Miller, have three other children, Amanda, Rebecca, and Susannah. Amanda is a graduate of the University of Virginia.