PORTLAND, Texas -- A witness has emerged in the shooting of a young lesbian couple that left one dead and the other fighting for her life, police say.
The teenagers were found the morning of June 23 in tall grass at Violet Andrews Park in Portland, Texas. Molly Judith Oglin, 19, was dead, and Mary Kristene Chapa, 18, was in grave condition. Both teens had been shot in the head.
The witness described the suspect as a dark-haired white male in his 20s, about 5-8 and 140 pounds, according to a police statement.
Police Chief Randy Wright continues to insist that there is no evidence that this was an anti-gay hate crime. The Portland police are working in conjunction with investigations by the Texas Rangers and the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The shooting of the young lesbian couple has sparked numerous vigils around the U.S. by LGBT groups and their allies. San Diego Remembers will conduct a brief vigil at 8 pm Tuesday, July 3, at the John Wear Hate Crimes Memorial Plaque in Hillcrest. The LGBT community and allies are invited to attend.
On Friday, MSNBC reported that Chapa remains in intensive care and is surrounded by her family. Chapa's brother said his sister has opened her eyes and is communicating by using sign language or writing on a clipboard. He said she has little sensation on the left side of her body.