GetEQUAL Texas Planning Candlelight Vigil For Lesbian Couple’s Shooting

ChapaOlginTexas' GetEQUAL is planning a Friday night candlelight vigil 19-year old Mollie Judith Olgin and 18-year old Mary Christine Chapa, the lesbian couple shot last Friday at a Portland, Texas, park.

Olgin was pronounced dead on the scene; Chapa survived a gunshot wound to the head and is recovering in a nearby hospital.

The women had been together for only five months.

Though it is unclear whether this shooting was a hate crime, Michael Diviesti, co-state lead organizer for the group, described the crime one "against humanity." "For that reason alone," he said, "we must stand up as humans [and] support all who are in mourning. When something like this happens to one of us, it happens to all of us."

Diviesti's co-leader, Jay Morris, remarked, "It's during these trying times that the LGBTQ populace must set aside our differences and unite as a community in order to heal the wounds inflicted on us by the intolerant."

There will also be candlelight vigils in San Francisco — organized by Cleve Jones and to be held in Harvey Milk Plaza at 7pm this evening — and Washington DC, where supporters will gather in DuPont Circle at 6pm on Friday night.

Police have yet to question Chapa and no arrests have been made.

Posted June 27, 2012 at 7:53am ETC by Andrew Belonsky
in crime, News, Texas