An unnamed eyewitness in the shooting of Mollie Judith Olgin, 19, and Mary Kristene Chapa, 18, has provided a description of the suspected gunman. The assailant is described as a dark-haired white male in his 20s, who stands at about 5’8″ and weighs about 140 lbs. According to a statement released by the Portland, Tex., police department, “there continues to be no evidence that the attack was motivated by the victims’ sexual orientation.”
Chapa and Olgin are reported to have been involved in a relationship. Police say they were shot at Violet Andrews park in Portland, Tex., Friday night and discovered by hikers early Saturday morning. Olgin was pronounced dead at the scene; Chapa was transported to a hospital in critical condition. She has not yet been interviewed about the events of Friday night.
Friends and family in Portland, as well as members of the LGBT community throughout the country, have organized candlelight vigils to remember Olgin and support Chapa in her recovery.
Just 17 miles north of Portland, in the coastal town of Aransas Pass, Tex., another teenage girl is dead. Hotel housekeeper Jenna Hernandez, 16, was found dead yesterday after being missing for several days. The cases do not appear to be related; according to Police Chief Eric Blanchard, authorities suspect Hernandez was targeted by someone she knew.