Second Brother of Deerfield Drowning Victim Dies from Gunshot Wound

The brothers’ mother was also injured after gunshots rang out as the family gathered to mourn Brian Grundei, who drowned in a Deerfield pond in May.

By Emily Stone and Amie Schaenzer 

Updated June 5:

Mark Grundei, 50, who was involved in a shooting in Huntley that claimed the life of his younger brother, has also died, according to the Daily Herald. 

He died at a hospice care center in Woodstock on Wednesday and an autopsy is scheduled for Thursday, according to CBS Chicago. 

Read more on the Daily Herald

Original story published May 27:

A suburban family that had gathered to mourn the death of one brother now has a second brother to mourn and a third — who police say shot the second brother — in critical condition after a fight erupted in Huntley Monday. Their mother was also injured in the shooting.

Brian Grundei, the first brother to die, was found dead in a pond at a Deerfield subdivision earlier this month. He drowned, though police and the coroner have yet to determine if it was an accident or suicide.

His family gathered in Huntley over the long weekend to mourn him when the shooting happened, according to the Daily Herald. Police told the paper that Mark R. Grundei, 50, shot Robert Grundei, 47, in the head and shoulder around 5 p.m. Monday, killing him.

Police found Mark with a gunshot wound to the head, which appeared to be self-inflicted, according to an article in TribLocal. The Herald story says he's listed in critical condition.

The men’s mother, Alyce Grundei, 81, was grazed by a bullet while trying to break up the fight, according to a CBS Chicago article. She called police to report the shooting.

Alyce and Mark Grundei live together in the home where the shooting occurred, the Daily Herald reports.

Robert Grundei had traveled from Florida for the funeral. 

You can watch an interview with the Huntley police chief above.


Barry A. Hyman May 28, 2014 at 12:36 PM
the reality is that more gun related deaths occur between people who know each other than originating from b&e or other crime, where a verbal argument finds resolution in bullets. it happens between family, friends and neighbors. taken with suicides, if any measure is going to be effective against gun related deaths, a federal law requiring a mental health exam in order to own a gun is required, unless you want to build 10xs the amount of mental health facilities. my right to live in a safe society trumps your right to own a gun.
John Roberson May 28, 2014 at 03:57 PM
This is so sad and so unwarranted. This is because God is not the center of life in America as it once was. Our leaders have done us such a disservice and we should get down on our knees and humble ourselves through Our Lord Jesus Christ once and for all, that God heal or nation.
Dan Cox May 30, 2014 at 06:33 AM
God, Guts, Girls and Guns made America Great... a Salute to them all!
PD May 30, 2014 at 01:48 PM
Couple of sick comments. How sad for the mother that at age 81 has to go thru this!!!
Bob Vey May 31, 2014 at 07:34 AM
Oh my God!!!! That poor Mother!!!! I feel so very sorry for her!!!! What a tragedy!!!! Everyone reading this should PRAY for her & her son's. Families have a very hard time coping with the loss of a family member. People are very emotional during these times. Many turn to Alcohol & or Drugs to cope with their loss. Under the influence people say & do stupid things that Blow-up into a Huge fight. It sounds like that's what happened here & instead of walking away or having a fist fight they picked up a gun instead.


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