Texas Teen Shot in Park Leaves Hospital Only to Learn of Girlfriend’s Death
A lesbian teenager from a small town in Southern Texas who was gunned down with her girlfriend last month, recently left the hospital and is reportedly recovering well after being shot in the head, NBC Latino reported.
Kristene Chapa, 18, and her girlfriend Mollie Olgin, 19, were found in a Portland, Texas, park after being shot in June. Chapa had been shot in the head but survived. Olgin, a student at Texas A&M Corpus Christi, however, was pronounced dead at the scene.
While many suspected the incident to be a hate crime, local police are maintaining that there is no evidence that the shooting occurred because of the two teens’ sexual orientation. Police do add they have not ruled out that possibility.
Regardless of the motive, the death sent shock waves throughout the United States. Vigils were held from San Francisco to New York, and many compared it to the Matthew Shepard murder in its impact on the larger LGBT community.
Chapa left a local hospital last week and is now in rehab. Her brother Hilario Chapa, an army veteran, calls his sister a fighter as she is reportedly making a remarkable recovery. The teen has also been able to help police by giving them details about her attacker and officials have created a sketch of the suspect.
"She’s doing awesome," said Hilario Chapa. "One of the last days at the hospital her friends were able to come and see her and she lit up. She’s in neurological rehab, getting her speech and her way of thinking better," he continued. "She also is in physical therapy to help strengthen her left side and mental therapy as well."