Gay Texas Teen Recovers After Shooting, Learns of Girlfriend's Death
07/16/2012 - 15:00 ||
Mary Kristene Chapa, the 18-year-old Texas teen who was shot along with her girlfriend Mollie Olgin (who was killed), is slowly recovering, reports NBC Latino. The teen left Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital and entered rehab last week.
“She’s doing awesome,” her brother Hilario Chapa told NBC Latino. "One of the last days at the hospitals her friends were able to come and see her and she lit up."
The attack happened at Violent Andrews Park in Portland, Texas on June 22. Chapa was shot in the head, while Olgin was fatally shot. They were found by a couple the next morning. Police have said that there is no evidence to indicate the attack was a hate crime, but have not ruled it out.
When she was told of Olgin's death, Hilario said that his sister was "brokenhearted" and "very upset."
As Chapa's condition has improved, she has indicated the desire to revisit the sketch of the shooter. The same forensic artist who had worked with her earlier to sketch the shooter worked with her again to redefine the drawing. This was deemed appropriate since Chapa had sustained a brain injury which made communicating for the original sketch difficult.
"She wants very badly to help us identify Mollie's murderer," police chief Wright said.