Christopher Gattis: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Facebook Christopher Gattis and Jeanett Gattis.

Christopher Gattis, a youth pastor from Virginia, is accused of the grisly Thanksgiving Day triple murder of his wife, stepdaughter, and his stepdaughter’s boyfriend, whose bodies were found in the home and yard where they all lived together.

Authorities are accusing Gattis of shooting his wife, Jeanett Gattis, her 30-year-old daughter Candice Kunze, and Candice’s boyfriend, Andrew Buthorn, 36, just before midnight. Both Christopher and Jeanett Gattis were 58-years-old. According to Richmond.com, Gattis has now been charged with three counts of first-degree murder.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Neighbors Heard Gunshots Ring Out but a Motive Is Unclear

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Christopher and Jeanett Gattis.

Christopher Gattis and the three victims lived together in the home, according to Richmond.com. The newspaper reported that the women’s bodies were found inside the home, and the body of Buthorn was located in the yard.

Candy Kunze had recently moved home from Oregon with her boyfriend, the newspaper reported.

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Jeanett Gattis and her daughter, Candy Kunze.

A neighbor described hearing two bangs ring out in the night, and police are investigating the triple slaying as a domestic incident, but the exact motive has not yet been specified, according to Richmond.com. The home was located in a subdivision, and the bodies were discovered at about 11:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Chris Gattis was arrested at the scene.


2. Gattis Was a Pastor for a Lutheran Church

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Christopher Gattis.

On Facebook, Christopher Gattis wrote in July 2014 that he had started working at Grace Lutheran Church as the Director of Youth Ministry. The church is located in Chester, Virginia. He also wrote that he had studied at Virginia State University and attended Colonial Heights High. The couple married in 2009, according to a wedding photo album on Christopher Gattis’ Facebook page. He moved to Chester in 2008, the page says.

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Christopher and Jeanett Gattis.

Under the above photo on Facebook, Christopher Gattis had written “This is sooooo us!” and Jeanett replied, “yes it is Baby! Muah!” Gattis’ family also runs a local furniture store, according to Richmond.com.

Grace Lutheran Church confirmed that Christopher Gattis was a pastor there, and released a statement that read, “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. Grace Lutheran Church has experienced many hardships over the years, but this heartbreak has unique challenges. Grace Lutheran Church asks for the prayers from the community as our congregation begins the process of addressing the grief being experienced by everyone involved.”


3. Jeanett Worked as a Realtor & the Women Died in the Kitchen, Reports Say

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Jeanett Gattis and Candice Kunze.

According to WRIC-TV’s Gretchen Ross, writing on Facebook, Jeanett Gattis worked as a realtor for years. “Jeanett Gattis was a 15 year employee of Napier Realtors, ERA. Jeanett was a dedicated, hard working member of our real estate family and her passing has left us in a state of shock and sadness. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of all the victims,” the company confirmed in a statement to the television reporter.

Police were drawn to the home by a “reported alarm,” according to ABC News. NBC12 reprinted a transcript of 911 audio that allegedly said, “I have one detained; be advised he shot three people … I got one male subject on the ground. He’s got two gunshots to the stomach … Sir, we have two females down in the kitchen.”

Neighbors had positive things to say about the family and had noticed nothing amiss; one told NBC 12, “They’re just the type of people who would do anything for you.” However, WTVR reported that Chris Gattis had past brushes with the law. “Christopher Gattis was charged with public intoxication in 2010 but the charge was waived. He was also charged with assault and battery in 2012, but that charge was dismissed, according to court records,” the television station reported, adding that friends described Gattis as the quiet one in the relationship and his wife as more bubbly.


4. Kunze Was a Physical Therapist Who Wrote, ‘Love My Family’

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Candy Kunze.

According to her Facebook page, Candice Kunze, who went by the name Candy, worked as a “Travel Physical Therapist at AMN Healthcare” and had been a “Consultant at Arbonne.” She also wrote that she “studied Physical Therapy, DPT at Radford University Doctor of Physical Therapy.” Her Facebook page contains photos from travels to the Oregon Coast Trail and Croatia. Under a photo showing Kunze with her mother, Christopher Gattis and another relative, Kunze had written, “Love my family.”

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Candy Kunze with her mother.

Kunze’s mother wrote on the comment thread of the Croatian picture in September: “Wonderful, bc that was one of the things I prayed for you, gratitude & appreciation for the beauty you were taking in all around you! Proud of you ‘Baby Girl’! Love you! Mom.” Jeanett’s cover photo on Facebook was a cross.

Jeanett had recently written that she was participating in a charity run. “WOW! I’ve already received donations!!! Thank you so much!!! As someone who also suffers from Arthritis, this means a lot to me!!!” she wrote.


5. Friends Expressed Shock on Social Media & Several Recalled That Christopher Gattis Seemed Like a Good Natured Man

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MugshotChristopher Gattis.

People who knew the Gattis family expressed shock and grief on Facebook. “…know the family and am in shock! Chris was always nice and soft spoken and seemed very happy with Jeanett when I last saw them a couple years ago. I’m praying for all involved!” wrote one woman. Another woman wrote that she knew someone who “went to highschool with both husband and wife and we also taught them dance at their church ):”

Another man wrote on Facebook of the allegations against Christopher Gattis: “Today was a very sad day as I received word that Chris Gattis, the youth minister at Grace Lutheran Church in Chester, VA shot and killed his wife, his step-daughter and his step-daughter’s boyfriend on Thanksgiving evening. I am shocked by this news and am trying to make since of it myself tonight. I knew Chris and have recently worked with him on some ministry projects together. He seemed like a good natured man who loved God, his family and his youth group. Just so hard to make sense of how Chris could do such a thing? Sadly you never know what is going on behind closed doors. Please pray for the families of the victims as they mourn the loss of their loved ones. Please pray for the members of Grace Lutheran as they try to cope with the aftermath of this terrible tragedy. And please pray for Chris, that he would be led to repentance and come to know the grace and mercy of Jesus in his life.”

10 Comments

10 Comments

James Phillips

Same old pattern – an overweight, religious hick with a goatee beard in the bible belt offs his family. It’s usually either that or they’re keeping their kids locked in dog cages or chained to a radiator or something. If Christianity makes a society more moral, then how come the bible belt of America is full of homicidal murderers and child abusers?

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al

THESE MURDERS WERE THE DIRECT CAUSE OF SSRI ANTODEPRESSAND DRUGS HE WAS PRESCIBED WRONGLY AND DANGEROUSLY FOR ALCOHOL TREATMENT!! THESE DRUG HAVE BEEN PROVEN TO CAUSE Homicidal ideation!!!! EVEN IN LITTLE CHILDREN WHEN PRESCIBED FOR SMALL CHILDREN AS YOUNG AS 3 YEARS OLD!!! THE DRUG MANUFACTURE EXCECUTIVES KNOW THIS AND HAVE PAIN MILLUIONS TO OTHER FAMILYS.. TO SETTLE THE DRUGS DANGEROUS ADVERSE MENTAL REACTIONS!!! GET SMART AMERICA!
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young Christian's mother

Pray for my son , he is working in He is sick now.
He is needs some rest.
He needs some rest.
Pray for his peace of mind.
American christans God will hear your prayers,,please pray for my son for his job,,and his health,,and little rest for his mind.
God bless you.
For truly I tell you, until heaven a d earth disappear ,not the smallest letter,not the least stroke of a ,,,
Mathew 5:18
God bless you
God bless you.
Dear Americans,, God bless you.
God be with you.
Dear Americans please pray for my son.
God bless you.
God bless Trump.
God bless every church in USA.

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young Christian's mother

A woman is beautiful or a man is handsome,,,,,,this will not take us to JESUS.
A man has to be man ,,,that is what BIBLE says us.
A woman submissive to her husband.
This is what BIBLE tells us .

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jezmyopinion

Wow. Was she wanting a divorce? Did he have a hard core alcohol problem? There had to be signs other than the DUI and the assault charge. RIP

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Person

That’s a Missouri Synod “Lutheran” Church, not a (normal) ELCA Lutheran Church. They are a split-off that tends more right-wing and hateful.

Just an observation.

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hitrestart1

“right-wing and hateful” Just stop. An honest look at crimes and violence show that the overwhelming majority are committed by leftists.

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Christan,

Not all christans will go to heaven
Only those accepted JESUS as his saviour alone will go to heaven.
JESUS gives peace that not the world can give.
How many of us believe this ?
JESUS will never die again.. he is alive,,,

Today ,I went to gold shop ,,saw lot of rich people. ,, buying gold ,,,,

But they don’t have eternal life,,,

JESUS gives us eternal life,,,,
Which those rich people can’t buy,,,

There are rich ,, beautiful,
but they are not yet saved,,

In life time if they rejected JESUS,,they will go to hell,,,

If you and I die we will straight go to heaven ,, Jesus,,,
Not all christans who keep christan names also may not..or will not not go to JESUS .,,
Only those who accepted JESUS as saviour alone will have no judgement,,,,,
All who died or rejected JESUS will also raise from dead ,,but they will go to hell,,
They will have Resurrection to go to hell,,,

But where will I go ?
I will go to JESUS,,
JESUS is my father ,mother and all to me ,,

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JOHN MAYOR

This reads familiar!… and I’m reminded of MR. PHEWTUS’ “prayer fest” at the White House some months ago, whereat, PHEWTUS threatened Kim of North Korea!… and, that he’d wipe North Korea of the face of the earth (and the innocent included!) if Kim didn’t do this, that, and– of course!– the “OTHER”! A strange Christianity!
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Please!… no emails!… Jesus is Lord!

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