Darcie Clarke, the mother of three children killed by their father in Merritt 11 years ago, has died.
According to family spokesman Dave Teixeira, Clarke died on Thursday night. The circumstances that led to her death weren’t disclosed.
Clarke’s three kids, Max, Kaitlyn and Corden Schoenborn, were murdered by their father, Allan Schoenborn, at a Merritt trailer home in April 2008.
Schoenborn was later found guilty, but not criminally responsible for their deaths in B.C. Supreme Court in Kamloops because he was experiencing psychosis at the time.
He now lives in the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Coquitlam, where he has appealed several times to the B.C. Review Board for more freedom. In 2015, he was granted escorted day passes, though he has yet to leave the facility.
In November 2017, Clarke expressed her disappointment and concern that her ex-husband, who brutally stabbed his daughter and smothered his sons, could be released at all. She called the ruling “horrible news,” and said that she lives in constant fear.
“He could be in our community at any time without the public’s knowledge because the review board does not have the public’s safety as their paramount concern,” she said.
After the death of her children, Clarke moved to the Tri-Cities area. She became an advocate of victim rights, but never got over the heartbreak of losing her family, Teixeira said in a statement posted to Twitter.
“Her family was tormented by an evil man, then an uncaring justice and review-board system,” he said. “My hope is Darcie’s legacy will be we as a society care more for women, children and victims of crime than a murderer, and provide better support for those who suffer from mental illness.
“I hope Darcie’s broken heart can now rest in peace.”