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McHenry County man dies after being shot in unincorporated McHenry home invasion

Photo provided of Don Jouravleff
Photo provided of Don Jouravleff

A McHenry County man has died after being shot during a home invasion Saturday morning in unincorporated McHenry, according to friends and family members. 

Don Jouravleff is remembered by those who knew him as a hilarious and wonderful person who loved his family.

As of Monday night, police had not released the name of the victim or confirmed that he had died. 

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and Nunda Fire Protection District were called about 1 a.m. Saturday to the 1800 block of Davis Avenue, near Burtons Bridge, for a home invasion and shooting, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

Police and paramedics found a 52-year-old man who lived in the home shot and seriously wounded, according to the release. The man was treated at the scene before being taken to a local hospital, police said. 

A witness told police that two men wearing bandanas over their faces went into the home, shot the man and stole cash before leaving in a small, dark-colored pickup truck, police said.

Police said it is believed to be an isolated incident, and there is no threat to the public.

Police and the McHenry County coroner could not be reached Monday to give an update on the investigation. No one had been placed into McHenry County Jail custody as of Monday night, according to the jail log.

Monday afternoon, police could be seen at the home and around the neighborhood where the incident took place. Neighbors declined to comment on the shooting, and no one answered the door at the home.

Tim White, 54, of Cary met Jouravleff several years ago through Willow Creek Community Church in Crystal Lake. They attended a men’s group and quickly became friends. Jouravleff loved to fish and often took friends and their children fishing, White said. 

Jouravleff and Gary Gabriel were featured in an August 2007 article in the Northwest Herald about helping Pat Guzzo, who was terminally ill at the time, catch a 28-pound catfish south of the McHenry Dam. 

“He was just an awesome guy,” White said. “He loved his family.” 

White described him as friendly, funny and jovial. 

“Pretty much everyone he came in contact with would say the same thing,” White said. 

White learned of his friend’s death through a mutual friend. 

“I was just devastated,” he said. “This isn’t anything you’d want to happen to anyone.”

White said he was praying in the lobby of McHenry Hospital – Centegra at about 2:15 p.m. Sunday, about the time Jouravleff died. 

Jouravleff regularly attended Willow Creek Community Church in Crystal Lake. White said he encouraged others in their faith and talked excitedly about what he was learning in the group. 

“He was so encouraging,” White said. “He touched a lot of lives.”

A Facebook post from the Argo Alumni Association said that Jouravleff was shot in the neck and shoulder during a home invasion. The post said he died at 2:15 p.m. Sunday. The Northwest Herald couldn’t independently confirm where Jouravleff was shot. 

A Facebook post from Ann Pieper, Jouravleff’s sister-in-law, said he made every family gathering “a riot.”

“He was hilarious, a Blackhawks fan, a wonderful uncle and an awesome Brother in Law who would be there for anyone. Don Jouravleff, you will be missed.” Pieper wrote. 

Michele Green, a spokeswoman for Centegra, confirmed that Jouravleff died. 

News Editor Brett Rowland contributed to this story.

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