The Texas Rangers, who are assisting Portland Police with the investigation of the double shooting that happened this past weekend, were back out at the crime scene Tuesday; the shooting that left 18-year old Mary Kristene Chapa in serious condition, and resulted in the death of 19-year old Mollie Olgin of Ingleside.
Olgin's father said the family is truly touched by the outpour of support, not only from the Ingleside community, but from all over the country. They know it may take some time, but have complete confidence that their daughter's killer will be brought to justice.
"She's my guardian angel," said Mario Olgin, her father. "I know she's looking down on us, in a better place."
Mollie Olgin dreamed of becoming a psychiatrist, and had just finished her first semester of college; but when she didn't show up for work Saturday, Mario Olgin knew something was terribly wrong.
"It wasn't like Mollie," he said. "I immediately had bad feelings about it."
That gut feeling, his worst nightmare, had become reality. Friday evening, Olgin's daughter had plans to see a movie with her girlfriend, Mary Kristene Chapa. They stopped at the Violet Andrews Park in Portland to kill some time before heading to the theater.
That is where the shooting occurred. They were both shot in the head by an unknown assailant. Olgin died a short time later, and Chapa survived.
The Portland police chief said there is no evidence yet that it was a hate crime and they are not treating it as that; but he also said they are not ruling it out.
While state, federal and local authorities continue to follow leads, Olgin is confident that his daughter's killer will be caught and have their day in court.
"She was happy," Olgin said. "Justice will be served."
Olgin has not talked to Chapa's family since the shooting, but said he plans to once they are ready. In the meantime, the small town of Ingleside is mourning the loss of a life that ended before it truly began.
A memorial services for Olgin will be held at 4:30 p.m. Friday, at Limbaugh Funeral Home in Portland, followed by a candlelight vigil for both girls at 6 p.m. at the Violet Andrews Park.
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