State Senator Creigh Deeds sent the following message through Twitter, following his release from a Charlottesville Hospital:

"I am alive so must live. Some wounds won't heal. Your prayers and your friendship are important to me"

Deeds was released from the University of Virginia Medical Center earlier in the day.

Spokesman Eric Swensen said Deeds was released Friday morning from the Charlottesville hospital. Deeds was airlifted from his home in Bath County Tuesday after police say his son stabbed him multiple times and then killed himself.

Swensen declined any additional comment on Deed's release.

State police investigators are still attempting to understand what prompted the violent encounter between Deeds and his 24 year old son, Gus.