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 … Click to Read More and see additional updates
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 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 - email@example.com
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
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 - email@example.com
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.
06/29/2012 06:51 PM
PORTLAND, Texas - A memorial service was held this afternoon for 19-year-old Mollie Olgin who was found shot to death in Portland last weekend.
Friends and family gathered at a funeral home for a celebration of life memorial followed by a walk down to Violet Andrews Park where she and her girlfriend were found.
Police say the other woman, Mary Chapa, was shot in the head. She was found possibly nine hours after the shooting.
A family member tells NBC News that she is now communicating via sign language, which she learned in school.
Although Chapa and Olgin were dating, police say they do not believe the shootings were a hate crime.
No arrests have been made in the case. A possible suspect is described as a white male, in his 20's, about 5'8" tall, weighing 140 pounds, with dark hair.
Anyone with information about this case can call the Portland Police Department at 361-777-1444.
06/28/2012 08:24 PM
PORTLAND - The Portland Police Department has released a description of a suspect in the fatal shooting of 19 year old Mollie Judith Olgin and the aggravated assault of her 18 year old girlfriend Mary Kristene Chapa.
The suspect is described as a white male in his 20's, 5 foot 8 inches tall, 140 pounds with dark hair.
Olgin and Chapa were found shot at Violet Andrews Park Saturday morning.
Olgin was fatally shot, Chapa was seriously injured.
Police say they were shot Friday night and they say several vehicles were reported at the park that night.
Investigators are asking anyone who may have seen something that night to come forward.
Anyone who believes they may know who the suspect is should call the Portland Police Department at 361-777-4444.
Portland Police say there is no evidence that the shootings were motivated by the victims' sexual orientation.
Police also say there is no evidence to suggest that the Portland shootings are connected to the murder of 16 year old Jenna Hernandez who was found dead in Aransas Pass Thursday morning.
06/26/2012 10:17 PM by Melissa Schroeder - firstname.lastname@example.org
PORTLAND -- Vigils are planned across the country this week to honor the two teenage girls who were shot at a park in Portland, Texas over the weekend.
19-year old Mollie Olgin didn't survive the shooting at Violet Andrews Park. Her girlfriend, 18-year old Mary Kristene Chapa, was shot in the head.
Chapa is listed in stable condition at a local hospital, but investigators haven't been able to speak with her yet about what happened.
Some park-goers found the girls Saturday morning.
At this point, police aren't even sure what the motive was, but still the shootings affected people all over the nation.
Friends say Olgin and Chapa dated for about five months.
Although police don't know if that's the reason someone targeted them, people across the country are reading about this story on the internet and trying to find ways to help.
Folks in San Francisco, Chicago and Washington D.C. are putting together candlelight vigils in honor of the two girls.
Jamie Mcgonnigal is organizing the event in D.C. for Friday night.
He said, "Whether they were targeted because of who they love or not this is a horrific crime and we want to make sure that there is a spotlight being shown on the investigation."
There will also be a candlelight vigil on Friday night in the park where the girls were found. Friends started setting up a vigil at the park with ribbons, cards and flowers.
We found two girls remembering Mollie at Violet Andrews Park. Rainbow ribbons and signs, placed there by friends, surrounded them as they took time to reflect on a life lost too soon.
Both girls went to school with Mollie at Ingleside High School and can't understand why this would happen to a fun-loving girl they say was friends with everyone.
Margie De La Cruz said, "It's just crazy how this happened out of nowhere and to her, she's so sweet and it just gets me."
If you would like to go to the candlelight vigil, it's Friday night at Violet Andrews Park in Portland, Texas at 6:00.
Meanwhile, family members set up an account for Chapa to help pay for medical expenses.
You can donate at any local Prosperity Bank.
06/26/2012 07:01 PM
PORTLAND - A memorial service will be held Friday, June 29th for 19-year old Mollie Judith Olgin who was shot and killed at a Portland Park over the weekend.
The 'Celebration of Life' is scheduled for 4:30pm at the Limbaugh Funeral Home. For more information on the service, click here.
Portland police have not released many details on the investigation into the shooting of Olgin and her girlfriend, Mary Christine Chapa.
Both women were found with gunshot wounds at Violet Andrews Park early Saturday morning.
At last report, Chapa remains hospitalized for a gunshot wound to the head.
Friends and family have setup a memorial at the park where the shooting occurred.
06/25/2012 03:23 PM
PORTLAND, Texas - No arrests have been made in a weekend shooting at Violet Andrews Park that left one teen dead and another hospitalized in Portland.
Two park visitors stumbled upon the two young women lying in the grass.
19-year-old Mollie Judith Olgin was pronounced dead at the scene.
Her girlfriend, 18-year-old Mary Christine Chapa, was rushed to the hospital with a single gunshot wound to the head. At last report she was listed in serious but stable condition.
Investigators believe they were shot some time around midnight on Friday. They were found about 9 hours later.
Friends say the girls hade been dating for about five months.
Investigators do not believe this was a random incident, but are not saying much about a potential motive.
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.
06/24/2012 07:26 PM by Melissa Schroeder - email@example.com
PORTLAND -- We're getting more answers about a tragic shooting that shocked the Portland community.
19-year old Mollie Judith Olgin from Ingleside was found shot to death Saturday morning at Violet Andrews Park.
18-year old Mary Christine Chapa -- who friends identify as Mollie's girlfriend -- was also shot in the head.
She's from Sinton.
And at last check, she's listed in serious but stable condition.
A suspect hasn't been arrested yet.
Detectives found shell casings but no weapon.
And, yesterday cops were pretty tight-lipped about what happened and who may be responsible for these shootings.
But today, in a one-on one interview with the Portland police chief...
he opened up about this tragedy saying these girls were likely targeted by the shooter.
The reporter asked Portland Chief Randy Wright, "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?"
He responded, "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."
06/24/2012 06:08 PM by Lindsay Curtis - Lcurtis@kristv.com
INGLESIDE - 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.
Friends of the couple say both girls constantly exuded love and laughter. The pair always got a kick out of playing jokes on their friends and they loved eating their favorite food, chicken wings.
Garrett says the reality that her roommate is gone hasn't quite set in. "It's going to be really hard this next week whenever I have to walk past her room and I'm moving stuff out. It's definitely going to be weird," said Garrett. For now she and her friends are trying to focus their energy on prayers that Chapa makes a full recovery.
The girls say the Coastal Bend Blood Center is accepting blood donations for Mary Christine Chapa all day tomorrow. For more information call the blood center's phone number: (361) 855-4943.
06/23/2012 06:27 PM by Melissa Schroeder - firstname.lastname@example.org
PORTLAND -- According to police chief Randy Wright, the murder victim in the Portland shooting has been identified as 19-year old Mollie Judith Olgin of Ingleside.
Olgin was most recently living and working in Corpus Christi.
Olgin's vehicle was found near the scene of the crime.
Mary Christine Chapa, age 18, of Sinton, was critically injured by a single gunshot wound to the head.
Chapa is currently being treated at an area hospital and is listed in serious, but stable, condition.
The families of both Olgin and Chapa have been notified.
Police found the women at Violet Andrews Park on 2nd Avenue in Portland this morning.
They're still investigating to find out who's responsible for the shootings.
06/23/2012 03:11 PM by Morgan Frances - MFrances@kristv.com
PORTLAND - Police are investigating a possible homicide of one person and aggravated assault of another. According to police on the scene, some park visitors found two female bodies in the grass at Violet Andrews Park on Second Ave. and Market St. at around 9:00 this morning. Both females appeared to have been shot. One of the females was pronounced dead at the scene; the other was rushed to the hospital. Both are believed to be in their late teens or early 20s. Police do not have a suspect at this time.
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