WASHINGTON (AP) — R. Creigh Deeds, the Virginia state senator whose mentally ill adult son attacked him before killing himself, says mental health reform passed by the state is an "incremental change."
Deeds told a National Press Club audience the "real work lies ahead."
Last November, Deeds' 24-year-old son, Gus Deeds, stabbed his father multiple times at their rural homestead in Bath County and then shot himself. A few hours earlier, the younger Deeds had been released from an emergency custody order after the local community services board said it was unable to locate a bed in the area within the six hours allotted by law.
In an emotional speech, Deeds went into detail about his son, saying he wants to make sure Gus Deeds is remembered more for his life than death.