Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Kristene Chapa Making A Remarkable Recovery


Kristene Chapa, the 18-year-old Texas girl who was shot in the head along with her girlfriend, Mollie Olgin, who died from her wounds, has made tremendous progress since the shooting, and has left Spohn Memorial Hospital for a rehab facility last week. See original post HERE.

Good news.

In fact, she has made such strong improvements of late that she has been able to further aid police in describing the man who shot both her and Olgin on June 22 at Violet Andrews Park in Portland, Texas.

“She’s doing awesome,” says her brother Hilario Chapa. “One of the last days at the hospitals her friends were able to come and see her and she lit up. She’s in neurological rehab, getting her speech and her way of thinking better. She also is in physical therapy to help strengthen her left side and mental therapy as well.”

As her condition and memory have improved, Kristine, who has already given one description to authorities, needed to revisit her original drawing. The same forensic artist worked with her again on July 13 resulting in the refined drawing—seen at left.

“It is unusual to go back and refine a suspect drawing,” said police chief Randy Wright. “But in this case, our eyewitness sustained a brain injury that initially affected her ability to communicate effectively. The good news is she has made exceptional progress. Her sight and speech have improved and she can now interact with the artist much better.”

Police have previously said they have no evidence to indicate the attack was a hate crime but have not ruled it out. But, the facts are clear that a man entered the park and shot these two women in the head, leaving them for dead.

Luckily, Kristene Chapa didn’t die, and hopefully the man responsible for this horrific crime will be caught and punished.

1 comment:

the dogs mother said...

good news :-)