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Texas Lesbian Teen Shot By Gunman Makes Heroic Recovery, Mourns Girlfriend's Death

CorpusA year ago we reported on Kristine Chapa, the Texas teen who was shot by a gunman in the head in a public park along with her girlfriend Mollie Olgin, who was sadly killed in the shooting. In the year since the brutal attack, Chapa has made a heroic recovery and is dealing with the reality of moving forward in life without her girlfriend by her side. NBC News reports:

Since those tough early days, Chapa has spent months battling to relearn some of the most basic functions of life: balancing, speaking without a stutter, making facial expressions, as well as sitting, standing and walking.

"I went from being independent to back to a toddler," she said.

Chapa eventually graduated from a recliner to a wheelchair to a cane as she took her first steps in Austin, where she spent nearly four months in rehabilitation. She can walk, but she has a limp. 

And while the physical recovery has been nearly all-consuming for Chapa, she has also had to grapple with the reality of her girlfriends death.

She grieves for Olgin, and laments that they fought that night over Olgin wanting to meet her parents. Chapa wasn't ready yet: she hadn't told her parents she was a lesbian - a fact they learned when the police informed them of the attack, and said their daughter had been with her girlfriend.

"Every day I think about her," Chapa said of Olgin. "I pray for her, just for her to watch over me."

Chapa has also reached out to other victims of tragedies or their families, penning notes to a track star paralyzed in an accident as well as to the aunt of a girl who died in the Newtown school shooting.

"I opened up myself to them and just told them how my story is similar, I just put my feelings in there," she said, adding that she wants "to meet more victims who have been shot because we relate. I'm pretty sure we've been through a lot of the same things and have felt the same ways."

Moving forward, Chapa is looking to begin college and awaits the arrest of her attacker, who is still at large. Police don't believe the attack was a hate crime, but have yet to establish a clear motive. Potential suspects are being investigated at this time. 

A donation page to help Chapa's family in paying for medical expenses has been set up here


New Sketch Of Texas Gunman Released

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On Saturday, June 22nd, young lesbian couple Mollie Judith Olgin (19) and Mary Christine Chapa (18) were shot by an unknown gunman in a park near Corpus Christi, Texas. Olgin died of her wounds; Chapa, who was shot in the head, is slowly regaining her former communicative abilities, and has met for the second time with a police sketch artist to refine a previous drawing of her attacker. (See right.)  120714-suspect-Composite-1p.380

From MSNBC.com:

"It is unusual to go back and refine a suspect drawing," said Chief Randy Wright. "But in this case, our eyewitness sustained a brain injury that initially affected her ability to communicate effectively. The good news is she has made exceptional progress. Her sight and speech have improved and she can now interact with the artist much better."

On the night of the attack, the girls intended to depart the park to go see a movie. They were found where the gunman left them on the morning of June 23rd, approximately nine hours after the attack. 


Cleve Jones Organizes SF Vigil for Lesbian Couple Shot in Texas

Longtime activist Cleve Jones has organized a vigil in San Francisco for the teen lesbian couple shot in the head last Friday night in Portland, Texas. If you're just learning the story, catch up HERE.

ChapaWrites Jones:

"Last Friday, as millions of LGBT people and their allies were celebrating Pride, something awful happened in Portland, Texas. We need to respond publicly to this tragedy.  Whoever shot Mary Christine Chapa and Mollie Judith Olgin, whatever the motive, regardless of where it happened, two beautiful girls were shot and one was killed. We need to honor the memory of Mollie and pray for the recovery of Mary...Mary and Mollie loved each other. Now we need to show our love for them and their families and friends."

Please join this vigil taking place in San Francisco at Harvey Milk Plaza (Market and Castro Streets) this Wednesday, June 27 at 7pm. *Bring signs, candles and flowers*

Here's the vigil's Facebook page.


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