02/11/2013 05:27 PM by Tyler Garrett - firstname.lastname@example.org
CORPUS CHRISTI - On Friday afternoon Portland shooting victim Kristene Chapa chose to break her seven month silence exclusively with KRIS-TV. Chapa and her girlfriend 19-year old Mollie Olgin were … Click to Read More and see additional updates
02/11/2013 05:27 PM by Tyler Garrett - email@example.com
CORPUS CHRISTI - On Friday afternoon Portland shooting victim Kristene Chapa chose to break her seven month silence exclusively with KRIS-TV. Chapa and her girlfriend 19-year old Mollie Olgin were both shot in Violet Andrews Park back in June; Olgin did not survive the attack.
She told me that doctors gave her little to no chance at surviving after being shot in the head.
"I had less than 1 percent chance living, but I don't think I did it all by myself," said Chapa
Her entire family is still extremely frustrated with the fact that no arrests have been made in the shooting, therefore would not comment on the case.
"We want closure with it and it to be settled for this person to pay for what he did," said her mother Grace. She continued, "He is such a bad person to pick up a gun and shoot two girls because he felt like it I think he is an awful person
As for Chapa's current condition, she is able to speak normally and can get around, though she has a noticeable limp, and very limited motion in her left hand and arm.
"They say it's up to me, if I work hard I will get better, said Chapa
She told me that the bullet broke apart inside her brain, and that doctors can not remove the fragments. Chapa spends each week in rehab working towards regaining full motion and use of her body, she also sees a therapist to deal with her mental trauma.
"I gotta go through it I can't give up, how do I get better if I don't keep trying," said Chapa
She credits her mother with her recovery and says that she has found her strength in the memory of Olgin.
"My family took it hard and my mom has stuck by my side through day one, I mean she slept on a cot for 3 and a half months while I was in rehab and never left my side," said Chapa.
Her and her mother actually share the same birthday, and say this upcoming celebration in April will be one like no other.
"She inspires me, she just gets up and goes and has good days and bad but she does it she is a great kid she will do what she wants to do," said her mother.
Chapa also added the she does not live in fear.
"I have no fear at all, because everyday we take a chance and nothing ever goes as planned," she said.
She is also planning to write a book about her tragedy.
Sinton High School is planning to have her throw out the first pitch to begin the softball season on Tuesday evening. Chapa is a former Lady Pirate Pitcher.
To watch the video we were the first to bring you, tune it at 6 & 10pm.
11/12/2012 06:11 PM
PORTLAND, Texas - Portland police have renewed their call for help to find the man who shot two teens at a park in June. Today, the department and the Tri-County Crime Stoppers program released a video re-enactment on the shootings of Mollie Olgin and Mary Kristene Chapa.
Link to video: http://youtu.be/UiTVDYn_xlw
It provides more details about the events. They were apparently on a deck at Violet Andrews Park when they noticed a man walk past them. Moments later, he returned wearing a mask and armed with a gun.
The suspect took them to a secluded area where he assaulted them before shooting them. Olgin died from her injuries. Chapa was critically injured and continues to recover.
A sketch of the suspect has been in circulation for months, but there's no arrest at this point.
If you have any information on the shooting, call the Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-245-TIPS. You could earn a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
11/08/2012 06:17 PM by Caroline Flores - firstname.lastname@example.org
CORPUS CHRISTI - An unidentified killer continues to walk free and a backed up DPS lab may be to blame. The person who shot Mollie Olgin and Mary Kristine Chapa in Portland this past summer has yet to be caught.
We met up with Mario Olgin, Mollie's father, at the place where his daughter and her girlfriend, Kristine, were found shot in the head. Kristine survived, but his daughter Mollie didn't. He said he visited that spot a few times a week.
"I just come out here and sometimes talk to her. A lot of times cry," said Mario Olgin.
Just a few months ago the quiet park we met at was covered with police and crime scene tape. Police took evidence form the crime scene and even took mouth swabs from everyone they interviewed who didn't have an alibi. The swabs were all sent to the DPS crime lab to be compared with DNA collected at the scene of the shooting. But now because of the back up at the crime lab, this case is at a standstill.
Meanwhile, Mollie's and Kristine's families are stuck waiting for answers knowing whoever shot the young women is still out there.
"You know, so far he's gotten away with it and what's not to say that he thinks he can do it again and some other families are gonna have to go through the pain and suffering that we're going through," said Mario Olgin.
Portland Police Chief Randy Wright says some evidence has come back but they are still waiting on the rest.
Kristine is currently in San Antonio with her family going through rehab. Her father says his daughter has quite a bit of free time so she watches crime shows on TV. In these shows, evidence collected from a crime scene is sent off and returns from a crime lab in five minutes. The case is solved in an hour.
"Sometimes she will bring this up, how come we can't have them do what those people do in the shows, you know?" said Kristine's father Hilario Chapa.
"You know, we'd like to have it tomorrow. Television shows, tend to show you know that's when it happens, right away. But the reality in law enforcement, it takes time," said Chief Wright.
With our crime lab backed up as it is, law enforcement officials say there is a good chance they and the families could be waiting a few more months or even a year.
Both families say they want answers but Kristine's family says she wants the evidence to come back for one specific reason.
"You know it just feels uh, she feels uncomfortable. She doesn't know whether this person will come back and try and harm her again," said Hilario Chapa.
Police hope the evidence will be processed and released soon, but until it is the waiting game continues and the person who committed this crime is still out on the streets.
09/23/2012 09:21 PM
PORTLAND - Today marks three months since a double shooting in Portland that left one woman dead and her girlfriend critically injured. Back on June 23rd, 19-year-old Mollie Olgin was found shot to death at Violet Andrews Park. Her girlfriend 18-year-old Kristine Chapa was shot in the head but survived.
Today for the first time since the tragedy Kristene posted on Facebook to her family and friends. She wrote, "I love that people pray for me. I really think that's why I'm recovering so fast." Another post read, "Today marks 3 months since my accident. I've learned life is so fragile and cherish the people you have in your life, love them don't take things for granted and buy pepper spray! they deserve it!"
09/13/2012 01:55 PM by Monica Chavarria - email@example.com
PORTLAND, Texas - The investigation into a deadly shooting that left a woman dead and her girlfriend in critical condition is at a standstill because the Department of Public Safety forensics lab in Austin is backed on its case load.
The shooting happened almost three months ago at Violet Andrews Park in Portland. 19-year-old Mollie Olgin was killed. Her girlfriend, 18-year-old Kristine Chapa was shot in the head, but continues to recover at a San Antonio rehab facility.
Portland police say they've followed up on about 100 leads generated from a sketch of the possible suspect.
We're told mouth swabs were taken from each person interviewed who does not have an alibi. The swabs were sent to the DPS forensics lab in Austin where they will be compared to DNA evidence that was collected at the scene.
However, while the case is considered a priority, it is not at the top of the lengthy case load for the DPS lab. The lab will only release processed evidence after all of the submitted items are processed. Portland police say they've been given no indication on when that will happen.
If you have any information that could insist investigators, call the Portland Police Department at 777-4444.
07/14/2012 01:39 PM by Morgan Frances - MFrances@kristv.com
PORTLAND - The Portland Police Department along with Texas Rangers has released a new sketch of the person they're looking for regarding the Olgin/Chapa murder case.
07/04/2012 07:27 PM by Gabe Vela - firstname.lastname@example.org
PORTLAND -- Police have released a sketch of a man believed to have shot two teenage girls last month, killing one of the them.
Eighteen-year-old Kristene Chapa and 19-year-old Mollie Olgin were found shot in the head June 23 at Violet Andrews Park in Portland.
Chapa remains in a hospital. Olgin died from her injuries. The two had been in a relationship, though its not clear if that was a motive for the shootings.
A witness was able to provide police with a description of the gunman and today police released a composite sketch of the suspect.
He is described as a White male in his 20s with brown hair and athin build standing 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 140 pounds.
If you recognize the suspect, call the Portland Police Department at (361) 777-4444.
06/24/2012 09:15 PM by Mitch Bryan
Our Mitch Bryan sat down for a one on one interview with Portland Polce Chief, Randy Wright and asked him, "We had some people express some concerns that there is a dangerous person out and about in Portland, is there any cause for alarm that people need to worry about?"
"You know, we always caution people to be aware of their surroundings, be careful. Portland is a safe community but these things can happen anywhere. We have to always be alert for these types of dangers. This particular case, it does have some of the earmarks of a targeted attack. We'll know more about that as we go forward in the investigation. For the time being, we're taking some extra precautions in our parks. We're putting them under extra patrol," Wright replied.
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