Va. state senator: ‘Some wounds won’t heal’

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A Virginia state senator and onetime gubernatorial candidate stabbed by his son said Friday that he is ‘‘alive so must live,’’ his first public statement since the assault and his son’s suicide shortly thereafter.

Just hours after being released from a hospital, Sen. Creigh Deeds said in a tweet: ‘‘I am alive so must live. Some wounds won’t heal. Your prayers and your friendship are important to me.’’

University of Virginia Medical Center spokesman Eric Swensen said Deeds, 55, was released Friday morning. Deeds was airlifted from his Bath County home Tuesday after police say his son stabbed him multiple times and then shot himself with a rifle.

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