Video Report: Cancer patient, 46, fatally beaten outside treatment center

Shannon Vincel

ZION, IL (WLS/CNN) –  A $25,000 reward is being offered for information in the deadly attack of a cancer patient. Shannon Vincel was sitting outside a hotel owned by the Cancer Treatment Centers of America when she was attacked. 

She died on Tuesday after her family took her off of life support. Now the hunt is on for her attacker. 

Neighbors of the hotel in Zion learn about the fatal attack of a cancer patient. “It’s really bad that this young lady came here for treatment for something that she had and somebody had to do this to her. It’s really sad,” said Blondie Curtis, a Zion resident.

“Whoever did this, I wish they’d come forward and turn themselves in because that didn’t make no sense what they did to this woman. She comes up here to get herself cleared of cancer and they took her life out,” said Valerie White, a Zion resident.

Vincel, 46, was pronounced dead on August 19.. Her family took her off life support after a severe head injury.

Zion police report Vincel was a patient at the center. And on Monday around 9:30 p.m. she was struck in the head outside of the Guest Quarters.

“I’m just confused. It’s like, it’s terrible, it’s terrible. I’m ready to go home,” said patient Charlie Moats.

Moats says he was outside with Vincel a half hour before the incident with his brother. He says Vincel was being treated for breast cancer and had been traveling back and forth from her Missouri home for treatment in Zion.

“She was a very nice person, very outgoing and very talkative.  And a sweet person, she was very sweet,” Moats said.

Now security is more visible around the Guest Quarters, which is a low-cost lodging option for patients and relatives of Cancer Treatment Centers. The facility is less than a mile from the center in a residential part of Zion.

“I have an 80-year-old mother that could’ve been out here. I have friends from the CTCA that run. It could’ve been anybody,” said Tammy Williams, who works near the site of the crime.

Zion police and the Lake County major crime task force are investigating. Neither would comment on a motive, but said they are looking at area surveillance video and interviewing residents.