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Victims of Virginia Thanksgiving shooting have Oregon ties

Two of the three victims in the Thanksgiving shooting in Chester, VA have ties to Oregon.

Posted: Nov 26, 2017 10:24 AM

CHESTER, Va. - Police have arrested a youth pastor from Virginia for allegedly murdering three members of his own family on Thanksgiving. Two of the three victims have ties to Oregon.

Officials said 58-year-old Christopher Gattis killed his wife, her daughter, and the daughter's live-in boyfriend Thursday.

Gattis is a youth pastor at a Lutheran Church in Chester, Virginia.

According to our news partner, KGW, Gattis' stepdaughter, Candice Kunze and her boyfriend, Andrew Buthorn had just moved to Virginia from Oregon a few weeks ago.

Investigators said their cars were in the driveway of that house, still with their Oregon license plates.

DMV records show Kunze and Buthorn lived in Portland, Beaverton, and Eugene.

The women were found shot to death in the kitchen. Buthorn was found dead on the front lawn.

There's no word yet on a motive.

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