The father of a slain 19-year-old Texas woman speaks after authorities released a new composite of the suspect. KRIS-TV reports.
The father of a teenager who died after being shot in the head along with her girlfriend in a Texas park called their attacker a “monster” after seeing the most recent sketch of the suspect released over the weekend, local media reported.
Mary Kristene Chapa worked with a forensic artist from the Texas Rangers on Friday to update the drawing of the man who attacked her and Mollie Judith Olgin on June 22 in Portland, Texas. An earlier sketch she made with the artist was released July 4.
When asked what came to his mind when he saw the sketch, Olgin’s father, Mario, told local NBC News affiliate kristv.com: "I think monster, you know. That guy took my daughter away from us."
The night they were shot, Chapa, 18, and Olgin, 19, had planned to spend some time in the park before seeing a movie, Olgin’s father, Mario, previously told local television station kiiitv.com.
They were found by a couple the next day in a grassy area of the park with gunshot wounds to the head. Olgin, a first-year university student living in Corpus Christi, died; Chapa, of Sinton, was alive and rushed to an area hospital.
NBC Latino reported Monday that Chapa had left the hospital and entered neurological rehabilitation as well as physical and mental therapy.
Her brother, Hilario Chapa, said they have now informed her of Olgin’s death.
“She didn’t know about Mollie for the longest time, but we finally decided to tell her,” he told NBC Latino, noting that the Olgin family and authorities were present to help break the news. “With that support group we passed the info to my little sister. She was brokenhearted, very upset.”
Police recovered a bullet casing from a large-caliber gun at the scene, leading investigators to believe the shootings occurred where the pair was found. Two witnesses said they heard what could have been gunshots or firecrackers just before midnight on June 22 but did not report it at the time.
Wright has previously said that there was no evidence to indicate the attacks were motivated by the couple’s relationship. On Monday, he said no motive had yet been established.
"The new sketch has generated new calls from around the country. We are continuing to interview potential witnesses and processing evidence for forensic examination," he told msnbc.com in an email, adding that he had no new developments to report.
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The FBI was also helping to investigate, and Chapa was working with authorities to reconstruct the crime scene, Wright said.
The suspect is described as a thin white man with a scruffy beard, in his 20s, weighing 140 pounds and standing 5-feet-8-inches tall.
"When I think about her last 15, 20, 30 minutes on Earth," Olgin told kristv.com, "how scared both girls had to be whenever they were approached by this monster."
He urged anyone with information to come forward.
"It's been over three weeks now and the longer it carries on, the harder it's gonna be," he said.
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