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Pastor accused in domestic Thanksgiving murder of three

This photo provided by Chesterfield County, Va., Police shows Christopher R. Gattis. Police say Gattis shot and killed three people late Thanksgiving night

This photo provided by Chesterfield County, Va., Police shows Christopher R. Gattis. Police say Gattis shot and killed three people late Thanksgiving night

A youth pastor from Virginia was arrested Thanksgiving night after he allegedly killed three people, police say.

Christopher R. Gattis, 58, was found at the Chester home when officers reported to the scene where his wife, Jeanett Gattis, 58, her daughter, Candice Kunze, 30 and the daughter's boyfriend, Andrew Buthorn, 36, were shot dead.

Startled neighbors heard the gunshots just before midnight. 

When officers scoped the scene, they discovered the women's bodies inside the home and the man's, in the front yard.

It seems the suspect was a full-time cleric at Grace Lutheran Church on Harrowgate Road, according to his Facebook page.

'This incident appears to be domestic related,' Chesterfield Police Sgt. P.H. Zoffuto confirmed in a news release Friday.

Another neighbor and friend to the pastor described the suspect as 'a gentle man,' local WTRV reported.

Mike Brown said: 'We were all friends; we hang out sometimes [and] cook out in the back.

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Jeanett Gattis, 58 and her daughter, Candice Kunze, 30, are shown together. They are two of the victims in the alleged domestic murder incident Thursday

Jeanett Gattis, 58 and her daughter, Candice Kunze, 30, are shown together. They are two of the victims in the alleged domestic murder incident Thursday

(L to R): Andrew Buthorn, 36, alongside girlfriend Candice Kunze, Kunze's mother, Jeanett Gattis, and the alleged killer, Christopher R. Gattis

(L to R): Andrew Buthorn, 36, alongside girlfriend Candice Kunze, Kunze's mother, Jeanett Gattis, and the alleged killer, Christopher R. Gattis

Christopher R. Gattis is shown with his wife Jeanett on Facebook. Police are investigated the suspicious Thanksgiving night murders at the couple's Virginia home

Christopher R. Gattis is shown with his wife Jeanett on Facebook. Police are investigated the suspicious

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