Youth Pastor Charged With Gunning Down Family in Thanksgiving Slay

Christopher Gattis and his wife Jeannett

CHESTER, Virginia — A Virginia youth pastor has been charged with gunning down his family during a domestic dispute over Thanksgiving dinner, cops said.

Christopher Gattis, 58, waited at the family home as police raced to the scene where they discovered the bodies of the pastor’s wife, step-daughter and her boyfriend who all lived in the house, the Chesterfield Police said.

“This appears to be domestic related,” the department said in a statement.

When cops arrived at 11:30 p.m. Thursday, they found the body of Andrew Buthorn, 36, in the front yard. His girlfriend, Candice Kunze, 30, and her mother, Jeanett Gattis, 58, were found inside.

The nature of the argument that sparked the bloodshed was not immediately clear.

Christopher Gattis was charged with three counts of first-degree murder

He serves as the youth pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Chester, the church said.

“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.

Fellow parishioners and neighbors said there was no sign of domestic strife and described Gattis as a devout churchgoer who stopped in the church earlier in the day for a Thanksgiving service.

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400-Pound Man Charged With Crushing His Autistic Step-Grandson

Dylan Davis (l) died after 400-pound Donald Martin Crushed Him

MT. ORAB, Ohio — A 400-pound Ohio man has been charged in the death of his autistic step-grandson after pinning the boy down when he started acting up, cops said.

Donald Martin Jr., 58, was charged with reckless homicide in the death of 11-year-old Dylan Martin Davis on the family farm in rural Ohio last Friday, the Brown County Sheriff’s office said.

“It appears that the 11-year-old was deceased as a result of positional asphyxiation or compression,” Sheriff Gordon Ellis told WLWT-TV. “There was some type of altercation between the 11-year-old and his grandmother and the step-grandfather stepped in and restrained the juvenile.”

Prosecutors said the boy was held down for several minutes, after which he became unresponsive.

Police said the boy had had some kind of temper tantrum before the incident, and his father told the station his son had grown more prone to outbursts.

“He was getting older. Sometimes his anger was getting stronger and sometimes he had to be physically restrained,” Sam Davis said.

Davis said his son and Martin had always gotten along, so he was shocked by what had happened.

“I feel sad. I feel angry. I feel confused. I wish it never would have happened,” he said.

 

Martin was released on $100,000 bond.

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