With the country still in shock over the heinous shooting of Mary Kristene Chapa and Mollie Olgin, the teen lesbian couple in Texas, Chapa is quietly fighting for her life in a South Texas hospital, while Mario Olgin seeks justice for Mollie, the daughter he lost.
According to MSNBC, Chapa’s swelling from the shooting has gone down and she’s able to open her eyes. She’s started communicating via clipboard and sign language, and according to the victim’s brother, Hilario Chapa, she has little feeling on the left side of her body. She will be in ICU for the foreseeable future.
Hilario told MSNBC reporters, “I do believe she knows what’s happened, but she hasn’t chosen to talk (about) it on her own. I’m under the impression that she doesn’t know who did it.” He went on to say that he “thinks she’s pissed about what happened to her and I think she’s ready to get up and take off walking if she could.”
Chapa has also communicated interest in Mollie’s condition. She has written her name down a few times, but her family fears a medical setback if they tell her that Mollie didn’t make it. “I'm kind of afraid," Hilario said. "She is in such a fragile state right now.”
Meanwhile, according to MSNBC, Mario Olgin, is mourning the loss of his “guardian angel,” and feels that “justice will be served” in the case.
Olgin told the local TV affiliate Kiitv.com that the girls, who had been together since mid-February, were spending some time in the park before seeing a movie. However, when Saturday morning came, he knew that something was terribly wrong when Olgin didn’t show up to work. “It was not like Mollie. If she had some place to be, she was going to be there,” he said. “I immediately had bad feelings about it.”
The Portland police have yet to establish a motive or identify any suspects, and Chief Randy Wright has said that although the girls were in a same-sex relationship, there’s no evidence to indicate that the attacks were motivated by hate.
Sadly, in addition to the severe emotional toll that the shooting has had on the Chapa family, they have also been hit hard financially. Chapa’s father recently started a new job and was not yet covered by health insurance.
The family is hoping for donations to help stem the costs. They have collected $10,431 so far, and if you wish to help, please do so here.