Posted: Feb 11, 2013 5:27 PM by Tyler Garrett - email@example.com
Updated: Feb 12, 2013 7:42 AM
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.
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