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No arrests made in Dwight shooting case

Published: Thursday, June 19, 2014 8:02 p.m. CDT

DWIGHT – As family and friends paid their last respects Thursday to two women who were killed last week in their home, authorities have still not released any new information on who may have taken their lives.

Donna Denker, 60, and Kelli Denker, 30, were shot and killed at their home at 200 W. North St. in Dwight. Police said they received a call at 4:38 a.m. Saturday from a man at the house saying he had been shot.

As of Thursday afternoon, the last released statement from Dwight Police Chief Tim Henson on the incident came Tuesday. In a phone call to the Morris Daily Herald on Thursday, Henson said the department had no updates to the case.

Dwight police did say in the statement issued Tuesday that the man who was shot is in stable condition. They also gave his age as 23.

The statement also said police believe the shooting is “an isolated incident” and encouraged the public to continue to provide information.

A Grundy County Crimestoppers alert was released Thursday evening seeking information on the double homicide to assist Dwight police. It asks anyone with information to call the Crimestoppers line at 815-942-9667. Callers can remain anonymous and rewards of up to $5,000 are offered for information leading to an arrest.

No one had been arrested as of Thursday evening for the shootings that left the two women dead.

“I’ve known the family all my life. They were an asset to the community. Donna was a good mom and a good grandma,” Village President Jared Anderson said Tuesday.

Dwight police said investigators are making progress on the case and encouraged the public to continue to provide information to authorities. Dwight has been joined by Illinois State Police in trying to solve the crime.

Henson said in the statement, “We have no reason to believe that the public or community is in any danger, but as a precaution, we always encourage residents and community members to report any suspicious activity to police. We are working around the clock with our law enforcement partners to locate the offender who committed this heinous crime.”

A memorial Mass was set to be held Thursday. A memorial fund for Kelli Denker’s son, Jack, has been established at the Dwight Bank Branch of Bank of Pontiac. Donna Denker also is survived by two other grandchildren, a daughter and a son.

Anyone with information should call the Dwight police hotline at 815-584-3132.

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