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Surviving Victim Helps Revise Sketch in Shooting of Teen Couple

The suspect: White male in his 20s, dark hair, 5-foot 8 with a slender build.

Earlier this month, police released a composite sketch of the suspect in the June 22 shooting of Portland, Tex., women Mollie Olgin, 19, and Mary Kristene Chapa, 18.  Now Chapa, who has been hospitalized since the shooting which killed her girlfriend Olgin, has made significant progress in her recovery and is assisting police in tracking down the shooter.  With the help of Chapa’s description, the Texas Rangers have released a revised sketch of the suspect.

Chapa, who suffered a gunshot wound to the head, is in neurological rehab and until recently, had to use sign language to communicate.  ”It is unusual to go back and refine a suspect drawing,” Portland Police Chief Randy Wright told MSNBC, “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.”

Left: Mary Kristene Chapa, 18. Right: Mollie Olgin, 19.

Chapa’s family had to break the news of Olgin’s deathto her after she regained consciousness. “She didn’t know about Mollie for the longest time, but we finally decided to tell her,” said her brother Hilario Chapa.  Her friends and family, as well as Olgin’s family, have been supportive of her recovery, both physical and emotional.

Chapa and Olgin were both shot in the head at Portland’s Violet Andrews Park on June 22.  They were discovered in a patch of grass the next morning by a couple out for an early hike.  According to Chief Wright, there appears to be no evidence that the shooting was motivated by the women’s sexual orientation.

Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect is encouraged to call the Portland Police Department at 361-777-4444.

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