Vigil for same-sex couple killed outside Corpus Christi planned in SA tonight


Police have made little progress in the case of Mary Chapa and Mollie Olgin after two hiker's found the couple hidden in the tall grass this past weekend in a Portland park across the bay from Corpus Christi. Both had been shot in the head. 19-year-old Olgin was pronounced dead at the scene while her 18-year-old girlfriend Chapa remains in critical condition from the shooting which reportedly occurred late Friday night. While authorities have been slow to classify the attack as a hate crime, it has been described as a "targeted attack," and groups like Human Rights Campaign and Equality Texas have spoken out against the violence. The Sisters of San Antonio will host a vigil for the young victims this Friday in San Antonio. One in a series of actions being held across Texas for the couple, the Sisters' vigil will start with a prayer at 10pm outside the Silver Dollar Saloon (1812 North Main) to provide a place of mourning by the many shaken by the shooting. Attendees will then walk down Main Street to end the vigil outside the Saint (800 Lexington). "I don't see why other people aren't doing it, maybe I just have a really big heart," Novice Sister Frida Lay commented about the upcoming vigil. "This is really about love and this is really about humanity. This is really about caring about people" Lay is a member of the Sisters of San Antonio, a group self-described as "an order of twenty-first century queer nuns" who took interest in Chapa and Olgin's case after hearing about the tragedy. "It is not organized event," Lay said. "We don't have any permits to do it we are going to have be using the sidewalks." Olgin's and Chapa's parents and friends will not be in attendance to Lay's knowledge but she extended a welcoming hand to the Portland community and hopes that the event draws those wish to pay their respects. "Show up if you can and bring your walking shoes and your candle and let's do this," Lay said. Police have issued a description of a suspect, according to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

Portland police released a description of a suspect Thursday in the weekend shootings of two teenage girls who are being mourned in vigils this week across the country.

An eyewitness described the suspect as a white male in his 20s with dark hair standing 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing about 140 pounds.

... Several vehicles were seen at the park the evening of the shootings, and police ask anyone who visited the park Friday night to contact the Portland Police Department. Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect is asked to call police at 361-777-4444. Callers may remain anonymous.

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