More than a week after Travis Castle was shot dead during a botched home invasion, his father said he is paralyzed by questions surrounding the circumstances of the 14-year-old boy’s death.

More than a week after Travis Castle was shot dead during a botched home invasion, his father said he is paralyzed by questions surrounding the circumstances of the 14-year-old boy’s death.

When relatives gathered to view Travis’ body Saturday, the day before the scheduled visitation at McCorkle Funeral Home, Pete Castle said he stared at his lifeless son — wearing blue jeans, sneakers, and a gold cross around his neck — in disbelief. In the quiet funeral home, with Travis’ sisters nearby, Pete said, he lifted the boy’s sleeveless, white T-shirt to examine the wounds for himself.

“I was a little hysterical,” he said. “I just about lost it.”

Travis was originally to be buried Monday, but Pete Castle said the family has delayed interment, although he would not say why.

Police say Travis and three others — ages 15, 16 and 18 — broke into a rural Stillman Valley home to steal firearms when Castle was shot by a man staying at the house. The man, officials have said repeatedly, fired in self-defense.

Though Pete Castle’s questions remain, Ogle County Sheriff Greg Beitel said the investigation is wrapping up. Detectives are finishing paperwork and reports to forward to the state’s attorney’s office, which will decide whether additional charges should be filed. Cody Wayne Moore, 18, and the other teens, all of Rockford, are charged with residential burglary. The houseguest has not been charged with a crime.

“I understand they are grieving,” Beitel said of Castle’s family. “There’s no information from anyone, nor has there been any other information developed to contradict the original version that the person in the house shot in self-defense.”

Pete Castle still doubts that explanation — even after seeing the bullet hole through Travis’ chest.

“Things just don’t add up,” he said.

Ogle County Coroner Louis Finch said he’s awaiting pathology and toxicology reports, but reiterated what officials said last week, that Travis was grazed on the neck by one bullet while another struck him fatally in the chest.

“I just feel that my son didn’t have to die for this,” Pete Castle said. “My son has never done anything like this before. It still blows my mind that he was actually there doing this.”

Contact Sadie Gurman at (815) 987-1389 or at sgurman@rrstar.com.