Two teenage lesbians were found shot in the head in a park in Portland, Texas Saturday. One of them died from her injuries and the other clings to life. Police are still searching for their assailants.
Nineteen-year-old Mollie Judith Olgin and eighteen-year-old Mary Christine Chapa were, according to MSNBC, “found in knee-deep grass in a nature area in Portland by a couple Saturday, said Portland Police Chief Randy Wright, who confirmed to msnbc.com details first reported by the Corpus Christi Caller Times.”
Olgin died of her wounds. She orginally came from Ingleside, but had been living in Corpus Christi. Chapa was rushed to the hospital where she underwent surgery and is in serious but stable condition. The two of them had been a couple for five months. Wright stated that “we understood from their friends that they were (in a romantic relationship). I know from … Mollie’s parents that they were very close.”
Wright was asked if they had been able to determine if this was an anti-lesbian hate crime, and stated that “That’s always something that we’re looking for, but as of this point, we have not been able to establish that that had anything to do with the attack.” Wright did say that they had been able to talk to Chapa. He stated that “If we had a name, you know, we’d be having a different conversation right now. But we have not been able to gather enough information to identify a suspect yet. It appears as if … this was not just a random attack but that’s something that we really have to develop over time.”
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.”