Posted on August 19, 2016

Cancer Patient Dies After Severe Beating in Zion

Leah Hope and Laura Podesta, ABC 7 Chicago, August 18, 2016

A $25,000 reward is being offered for information in the murder of a 46-year-old cancer patient from Missouri who was being treated in north suburban Zion.

Shannon Vincel, of Springfield, Mo., was sitting outside the Guest Quarters, a hotel property for the Cancer Treatment Center of America, when she was attacked Monday night. Police said she was struck her in the head with a blunt object around 9:48 p.m. near 27th Street and Gabriel Avenue.

Vincel died Tuesday night at Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. Her family took her off life support after a severe head injury.


Vincel had been traveling to and from Zion every two weeks for radiation treatment for breast cancer, and had just returned on Monday after celebrating her mother’s birthday.

“She was a very nice person, very, very outgoing, and very talkative. A sweet person, she was very sweet,” said Charlie Moats, a Guest Quarters visitor.