BATH CO., Va. -

We continue our countdown of the top seven stories of 2013.

You voted, and coming in at number two is the incident in Bath County that shocked Virginia and brought calls for major mental health reforms.

The first reports said State Senator Creigh Deeds had been assaulted at his home, and was flown to the University of Virginia Medical Center for treatment.

Later we learned that Deeds' son, Gus, stabbed his father more than once, and then shot and killed himself.

“I think the whole county is shocked. Like I said, we know the family,” said Bath County Sheriff Robert Plecker.

Gus Deeds had received a mental health evaluation the day before the violent confrontation, but was released from emergency custody.

The incident quickly raised questions about the actions of the local mental health agency and the availability of psychiatric care in crisis situations.

Governor Bob McDonnell ordered a state review.

“And we're going to do everything we can to analyze the cause of this, whether there were violations of protocols, whether we need changes in the law,” McDonnell said.

Four days after the attack, Deeds left the hospital.

In a message on the social media platform Twitter, he said, " I am alive so must live. Some wounds won't heal. Your prayers and your friendship are important to me.”

And in an exchange with his hometown newspaper “The Recorder,” Deeds said he believes changes are needed in the state's mental health system.

"I am alive for a reason, and I will work for change. I owe that to my precious son," Deeds told the paper.

Earlier this month, Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe said mental health reforms will be a priority when he takes office.

“Obviously the system didn't work. We're clear on that,” McAuliffe said.

Governor McDonnell proposed millions in additional funding, a continuing task force and other reforms.

“So that in every possible case, we can prevent the heartbreak of a lost son, or a lost brother, or lost children because of a random act of violence. That is the hope,” McDonnell said.

Just this week, Delegate Joseph Yost introduced legislation that is designed to improve the state's response in severe cases of mental illness.

And mental health reform is expected to be one of the major issues when lawmakers return to Richmond next week.

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