Virginia State. Sen. Creigh Deeds in 2010. Steve Helber/AP hide caption itoggle caption Steve Helber/AP The Two-Way 'I Am Alive For A Reason,' Says Va. Lawmaker Stabbed By Son November 26, 2013 Virginia State Sen. Creigh Deeds was attacked and seriously wounded by his adult son, who then committed suicide. Deeds says the state's mental health system failed. He says his life's work now "is to make sure other families don't have to go through what we are living."