Vicki Schiebers daughter, Shannon, was raped and murdered
on May 7, 1998 while finishing her first year of graduate school on a full
scholarship at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Shannons killer was not arrested until 2002. He is
serving several life sentences without parole in Colorado and Pennsylvania not
only for Shannons rape and murder but for 13 other sexual assaults as well.
Vicki and her husband, Sylvester, both Maryland residents,
testified in support of a Maryland bill that would extend that states
moratorium on executions and create a commission to study the way the death
penalty is imposed. She also testified in Pennsylvania for the abolition of the
death penalty alongside former Illinois governor George Ryan and exonerated
former death row inmates, including Kirk Bloodsworth.
She has taught many high school and university classes on
abolition, run workshops at state conferences, and published op-ed pieces in
newspapers including the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Washington Post. She
also has met with and testified before state legislators in Maryland,
Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Vicki was vocal in her opposition to the death penalty long
before Shannons murderer was apprehended. The Schiebers fought the district
attorney and the prosecutors to keep the death penalty from being applied to
their daughters killer.
The death penalty is against our religion, a belief system
in which life is held to be sacred, she says. We know that there are many
inequities in how the states apply the death penalty. Therefore I believe MVFHR
must focus on abolition in the context of its being a human rights issue and work
hard to bring the world community of murder victims together to oppose the death
penalty in the U.S. I have traveled in many parts of the world and citizens in
other countries are appalled at the inequitable application of this sentence in
Vicki, who has spent her career in a variety of financial
marketing and management roles, was profiled on Dateline NBC, a show which
also aired multiple times on Court TV. Her story is part of an NBC film on the
death penalty sponsored by the Robert Kennedy Foundation.
She has long been active in leadership positions in
non-profits dedicated to literacy and programs for elderly, disabled and
low-income residents of Washington, D.C.
Vicki is the recipient of the Fannie Mae Foundation Good
Neighbor Award, the Courage in Community Award of the McAuley Institute Board of
Trustees and the Exceptional Community Spirit Award from Rebuilding Together of