Texas teen lesbian couple shot; one dies, no arrests made
Mollie Judith Olgin, 19, and Mary Christine Chapa, 18, were found shot in the head by a couple on Saturday morning in Violet Andrews Park, near Corpus Christi, Texas.
This is so sad, tragic — and frightening because a murderer is still on the loose as investigators tell KRISTV that they do not believe it was a random incident, but have not mentioned a potential motive – such as a hate crime.
Friends of 19-year-old Mollie Olgin and 18-year-old Mary Christine Chapa this afternoon gathered at Ingleside High School to process the mix of emotions running through their heads and hearts. Saturday they learned of the terrifying discovery some visitors stumbled upon at a Portland park. Police say Olgin and her girlfriend, Mary Christine Chapa were found in a grassy area. They say Chapa was rushed to the hospital with a gun shot wound to her head. Olgin also appeared to have been shot, but she didn’t survive.
“You always hear, ‘They never did anything wrong. Why was it them? They were so innocent.’ In all actuality, Mollie and Christine were innocent. They never did anything wrong,” said Samantha Garrett, Olgin’s roommate. She and Stephanie Chasak, who worked with Olgin at Taco Cell can’t begin to understand why someone would target their dear friends. They say the girls never attracted any negative attention for their relationship, which started five months ago. “I’ve been trying to think of anybody I know that would try and hurt them for any reason -especially them being a couple, and not one person has ever come to mind,” she said.
This took place in Portland, just outside of Corpus Christi, Texas. Evidence so far does not indicate whether the women were with a man, woman or more than one person and there are not identifiable footprints, according to Police Chief Randy Wright. Additional details (MSNBC):
Wright said police had recovered a bullet casing from a large-caliber gun at the scene, but they haven’t found the weapon. A resident living nearby reported hearing two loud bangs Friday before midnight but believed they were from firecrackers, the newspaper said.
The park, more of nature area with some parts overgrown and no lights, was generally frequented by visitors during the day. It is located along a bluff overlooking a bay, Wright said, with some homes situated nearby.
“We’re not really sure how they got to the point that they were found,” he said of the girls. “It is a scenic overlook with a wooden deck and there is a place at the edge of the deck where you can actually go down a very steep incline into a grassy area that leads down to the shoreline and that’s where they found.”