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Shooting of Teen Lesbian Couple in Texas
One Dead, Partner in Serious Condidtion with Headshot Wound
Originally printed 6/28/2012 (Issue 2026 - Between The Lines News)
Texas Police are investigating the weekend shooting of two teenage women that left one dead and one wounded in a coastal South Texas park.
Portland police Chief Randy Wright told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times that the motive for the attack on 19-year-old Mollie Olgin of Ingleside and 18-year-old Mary Chapa of Sinton was unknown. The two were romantically involved for the past five months according to an MSNBC report and information from a Facebook site that is planning a vigil for the community on Friday.
Olgin was dead on the scene while Chapa was listed in serious but stable condition at a hospital. Police say both were shot in the head.
Wright says a resident living near the park reported hearing two loud bangs just before midnight Friday, but thought it was firecrackers. Visitors to the park discovered the women Saturday in tall grass below an observation deck in Violet Andrews Park. Portland is about seven miles north of Corpus Christi.
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs said in a press release Tuesday that local police are looking into the possibility of a bias or hate motivation in this fatal attack.
The Texas vigil information at http://www.facebook.com/events/334658369945390 is tracking some information and family and friends are commenting on the murder.
Cleve Jones put out a call to action out late Monday night via Facebook, asking people to host vigils nationwide honoring the women and supporting LGBTQ youth everywhere. Learn more at http://on.fb.me/Q9hRyJ.
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