Shoemaker Family Fight To Keep Child's Killer Behind Bars

By: Jennifer Bocchieri Email
By: Jennifer Bocchieri Email

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Efforts to keep a killer behind bars play out before a parole board Monday. Donald Wacker was convicted in the 1990 murder of 9-year-old Nancy Shoemaker. Now he's hoping to regain his freedom.

But more than 22,000 people put their names on a petition to keep Wacker behind bars. A huge show of support as the Shoemaker family tearfully testifies before the parole board.

"She didn't get a chance for parole so we ask that he remain where he is," said Nancy's Father Bo Shoemaker.

Friends and family members share their pain with the parole board, pain that has never gone away since Wacker helped kill Shoemaker nineteen years ago.

"I miss watching her grow up and I miss sharing the moments that other mothers share with their daughters. I miss life with her," said her mother Susan Canoll.

Nancy was walking to the store to get her sick little brother a soda when Wacker helped kidnap her. Her body was found seven months later.

"He could have done something instead of standing by while she was beaten and raped and strangled. He chose to stand there," said Bo Shoemaker.

The family says keeping Wacker behind bars isn't about revenge, it's about keeping the community safe.

"For us it's just been a tremendous amount of pain and suffering and our biggest fear is the death of another child," said her stepmother Julie Shoemaker.

The parole board likely wont make a decision until January. While the hearing is over people can still sign a petition to give to the parole board. Follow this link and send the petition copy to the address at the top of the page.

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