Police are searching for whomever shot Mollie Olgin, 19, and Mary Kristene Chapa, 18, a young lesbian couple discovered in a park in Portland, Texas, this past Saturday. Chapa was rushed to a hospital and is currently in serious but stable condition. Sadly, Olgin (right) did not survive the attack.
The women were both students at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Police say their sexual orientation may have been a factor in the shooting but, “we have not been able to establish that that had anything to do with the attack.”
Authorities have been in communication with Chapa, but details are sketchy—including how the girls got to the overgrown grassy area where they were found. “We have not been able to gather enough information to identify a suspect yet,” Portland Police Chief Randy Wright told MSNBC.com. “It appears as if this was not just a random attack but that’s something that we really have to develop over time.”
If there’s a silver lining to this tragedy it’s that it appears the girls’ five-month relationship was acknowledged and respected in their community:
Olgin’s roommate, Samantha Garrett, told KRIS TV that the fun-loving couple hadn’t gotten any negative responses to their relationship and could not think of why anyone would want to harm them.