WARRENSBURG — A 57-year-old man is facing murder charges after a 41-year-old Macon County woman was shot to death on the night before Thanksgiving, authorities said. 

Coroner Michael Day on Thursday identified the woman as Tabitha M. Lourash, of Warrensburg. The man was found "barely responsive" with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said.  

The incident took place at the woman's home, where she was pronounced dead at the scene, Day said. The man, who was not identified by authorities, was taken to an out-of-county trauma center. 

Macon County Sheriff Jim Root said deputies were sent to the home "regarding a possible domestic violence situation" at 5:51 p.m. Wednesday. Additional calls were received advising that multiple gunshots were heard from the same residence, Root said. 

Deputies entered the residence to find the victim later identified as Lourash and the wounded man, whom Root described as the sole suspect.

An autopsy was scheduled for Friday at the McLean County coroner's morgue in Bloomington, Day said.  

The Warrensburg Police Department, Macon County Sheriff's Office and Illinois State Police are investigating. 

The tragic news rippled through the community of Warrensburg, a village of roughly 1,200 people on the county's northwest side. Village President Kirk Riley issued a statement Thursday on social media thanking first responders and asking for residents' prayers.  

"This morning we pray specifically for this family that they find eventual peace and a way to move forward," Riley wrote. "We pray for those friends and acquaintances of the family who are searching for answers as to why this might have happened.

"And finally, I ask that you pray for our entire Warrensburg community for peace and understanding and that we may be drawn closer together." 

During the October Macon County Board meeting, Macon County Sheriff Jim Root presented Life Saver awards to multiple correctional officers and one nurse who helped save the life of an inmate who had attempted to die by suicide.

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