Family of murdered Wichita girl fighting to keep her kidnapper behind bars

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Family and friends of Nancy Shoemaker, a nine-year-old girl raped and killed in 1990, is fighting to keep one of the men responsible for her kidnapping locked up. 

On a Monday morning in the summer of 1990, Shoemaker began walking to a store in south Wichita and was never heard from again.

Searchers found her body near Belle Plaine seven months later.

Donald Wacker is convicted of kidnapping Shoemaker and aiding a felon in connection to her murder. 

He stood by as Doil Lane raped, beat and strangled her.

Wacker was sentenced 16 years to life. He has served 27 years and is up for parole in December. 

 "She was just always so happy, she always want to kiss you and hug you, and she was just the sweetest girl," said one of Nancy's cousin, Jennifer Freson, "She didn't deserve this at all, and we don't want this to happen to anyone else."

The family is requesting members of the public sign a petition to present at Wacker's parole hearing in October, demanding he stay behind bars. 

"We need to send a message that this is not acceptable. We will not allow this to happen, and we will fight until the very very last breath in us to keep him behind bars."

This will be Wacker's fifth attempt at parole. 

There is a petition available to sign 24 hours a day at Nancy's childhood church, Grace Baptist Church near Pawnee and Seneca in south Wichita. 

You can download, sign and mail the petition to Grace Baptist Church at 1414 West Pawnee. Wichita, KS, 67217. 

You can also email Kansas Department of Corrections at molly.turner@ks.gov using #55281. 

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