South Texas, Corpus Christi, Coastal Bend

I am now back from the vigil in Portland, TX. and I am glad I went down there to send the message that the nation is watching.

Later on today I will be reporting more on my experience down there. In the meantime, here is a story from the Corpus Christi ABC affiliate Kiii-TV:

PORTLAND (Kiii News) – Loved ones packed the Limbaugh Funeral Home Friday, at a memorial service for one of the victims in the violent shooting in Portland last weekend.

The shooting left 19-year old Mollie Olgin dead, and her girlfriend, 18-year old Mary Kristene Chapa, in critical condition. Both were found in a Portland park this past Saturday with gun wounds to the head.

Friday night’s memorial service was held for Olgin, whose death left many people in shock, including her friends, family and surrounding communities.

Olgin dreamed of one day becoming a psychiatrist, and just finished her first semester of college. Her friends said that, throughout high school, she was involved in band and the debate club.

It was last Friday night when Olgin and Chapa had plans to see a movie, but were early so they stopped at a park to burn some time. That was when the shooting occurred.

Chapa continues to recover.

Authorities investigating the attack said the motive remains unknown. Portland Police Chief Randy Wright said there was no evidence that suggested the women’s relationship had anything to do with the shooting. However, the crime has triggered an outpour of support around the country, people coming from as far away from Vermont to pay their respects.

On Thursday, police released a description of the suspect, describing the gunman as a 5-foot 8-inch tall, 140-pound white male in his 20s, with dark hair.

After the memorial, friends and family have planned a candlelight vigil at the very park where the young girls were found. It begins at 7 p.m. at Violet Andrews Park.