LGBT groups urge swift investigation into shooting of lesbian couple

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Two LGBT groups are urging the U.S. Justice Department, as well as police in Portland, Texas, to continue investigating the shooting of teenage lesbian girlfriends. One girl died, another was seriously wounded.

The girls were found on June 23 in a park in Portland. They may have been shot, at close range with a large caliber gun, nine hours earlier.

Mollie Judith Olgin, 19, and Mary Christine Chapa, 18, were found in knee-deep grass in a nature area in Portland by a couple on June 23.

Olgin, originally from Ingleside but more recently a resident of Corpus Christi, died of a gunshot wound to the neck. Her family wrote in an obituary, "Mollie touched the lives of everyone and will always be remembered for her intelligence, beauty, compassion, humor and her kind heart."

Chapa, of Sinton, was rushed to a hospital where she had surgery and was in serious but stable condition on June 24. She was still in the hospital on June 25.

Friends said the girls had been together five months.

The park was mostly frequented by visitors during the day. It is located along a bluff overlooking a bay.

Neighbors told police that they heard what could have been gunshots on June 22. Bullet casings were recovered at the scene.

With no arrests and no known motive, the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, D.C., has reached out to local law enforcement officials and the Justice Department, offering any assistance. 

HRC president Chad Griffin said, “I want to express my sincerest condolences to the families and friends of the victims of this horrific crime. Two young lesbian women were shot and one lost her life. Regardless of the motivation behind this tragedy, we must send a strong message that violence against anyone is never acceptable. We have reached out to law enforcement officials at both the federal and local level, and hope to see a thorough investigation. These women, and all victims of violent crimes, deserve nothing less.”

Equality Texas also issued a statement: “Equality Texas joins with the Human Rights Campaign in urging a swift and thorough investigation of this crime. We applaud the Department of Justice Community Relations Service for quickly offering their assistance."

Equality Texas is planning a candlelight vigil on June 29 in Violet Andrews Park in Portland.

A vigil also was being planned for June 27 in San Francisco at Harvey Milk Plaza.