46-year-old Shannon Vincel (above), of Springfield, Mo, died Tuesday at an Illinois hospital after being assaulted in the head with an object on Monday night.
On Monday, officers were called at 9:48 p.m. about a battery near 27th Street and Gabriel Avenue, near the Cancer Treatment Centers of America- Zion facility, according to a statement from Zion police.
The suspect had approached her on the sidewalk while she was sitting outside on a bench and struck her in the head with an unknown object, police said. She was taken to Condell Medical Center in Libertyville with life-threatening injuries.
Family members say she was pronounced brain-dead when she arrived at the hospital Monday.
According to some patients, who did not want to be identified, the spot where Vincel was attacked is a popular area for patients.
I wonder why Shannon Vincel was sitting out on the street outside the Cancer Treatment Center at 10 pm at night? There was no explanation for it in any of the news reports I read, or any of the news video clips I watched. Nor any explanation for why this area was so ‘popular’ with patients.
Maybe they just liked to sit out there and watch cars drive past? Or look at interesting manhole covers? Or maybe sing and play banjos?
But one news video clip provided a powerful visual clue.
The reporter didn’t mention smoking. But she was standing outside the Center near the spot where Shannon Vincel was murdered (above), and right behind her was a big sign that said: “Entering a smoke free campus. NO SMOKING.” You’d have thought that she could have picked a less intrusive backdrop. It was almost like she and the cameraman had chosen it, and let it speak for itself, and say what she maybe couldn’t say.
And then the penny dropped. The ‘popular area’ was where patients went to smoke and chat. Maybe she didn’t even smoke, but had gone outside to be with a smoking friend. In a past vanished civilised age, they’d have both been indoors in a lounge or rest room. Shannon Vincel and all the other smokers were only there because they had been forced out onto the street by antismoking zealots.
Shannon Vincel was driven outside to her death by Tobacco Control.