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Police mum as family prepares for funeral of McHenry County man killed in home invasion

McHENRY – Investigators have released little information in the aftermath of a home invasion and shooting that killed a McHenry County man.

As the man’s family prepares for his funeral Friday, many questions remain unanswered. Authorities released a vague description of the two men a witness said broke into the home early Saturday in a rural subdivision in unincorporated McHenry and shot one person who lived there, Donald P. Jouravleff. But as of Tuesday, investigators hadn’t released information about their efforts to find those responsible or why they were confident the homicide was an “isolated incident.”

Tuesday afternoon, the McHenry County Coroner’s Office said Jouravleff died Sunday from complications of a gunshot wound. Coroner Anne Majewski, following her office’s practice, released a short statement with the cause of death.

“No other details will be available at this time,” her office said in a news release Tuesday afternoon.

Calls to the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office weren’t returned Tuesday.

Born in Berwyn, Jouravleff, 52, was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force who loved family, church and fishing, according to an obituary from the Kisselburg-Wauconda Funeral Home. He was involved with the Willow Crystal Lake Community Church.

“His energy and enthusiasm for life touched everyone who crossed paths with him,” his obituary said.

Friends and family told the Northwest Herald that Jouravleff was a hilarious and wonderful person who loved his family.

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, authorities have said.

Police and paramedics found Jouravleff had been shot and seriously wounded. He was treated at the scene before being taken to Centegra Hospital – McHenry. Friends said he died shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday.

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. Investigators hadn’t provided an updated description of the suspects or their search for the men as of Tuesday evening.

The Major Investigative Assistance Task Force, McHenry County Sheriff’s Police and the Coroner’s Office are investigating, according to a news release from the coroner’s office.

Police said it is believed to be an isolated incident, and there is no threat to the public. They have not said why they believe those things.

No one had been booked at McHenry County Jail as of Tuesday evening on charges such as home invasion or murder, according to the jail’s booking log.

A visitation will be at 4 p.m. Friday at Kisselburg-Wauconda Funeral Home, 235 N. Main St., Wauconda. The visitation will be followed by a memorial service at 8 p.m. The burial will be private.

Instead of flowers, the family is asking that people consider donating to Veterans R&R at www.veteransrandr.org. Veterans R&R is a nonprofit that uses outreach programs to improve the productivity and quality of life for U.S. Military veterans and their families.

• Reporter Hannah Prokop contributed to this story.

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