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Virginia State Sen. Creigh Deeds seriously injured in home, person dead inside

Creigh Deeds, a former Democratic nominee for governor of Virginia, was found seriously injured from an assault at his home this morning and a second person at the scene is dead, state police said.

Deeds, 55, serves in the Virginia Senate and ran for governor in 2009. He lives in Bath County, Va.

Virginia State Police confirmed that Deeds was airlifted from his home to the University of Virginia Hospital at 7:25 a.m. this morning after sustaining "serious injuries."

An investigation is ongoing.

In a statement, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnoll called the news "utterly heartbreaking."

"In this tough and sad time, our thoughts and prayers are with the Deeds family," McDonnell said. "Creigh Deeds is an exceptional and committed public servant who has always done what he believes is best for Virginia and who gives his all to public service."

"I urge all Virginians today to join me in praying for a full and complete recovery for Creigh and for many more years of his public service to the Commonwealth. At this moment, our state unites in prayer for Creigh Deeds and his family," he added.

Several Virginia politicians expressed their shock at the news this morning