A week after 18-year-old Mary Kristene Chapa and her girlfriend Mollie Olgin were shot in the head at a South Texas park, Chapa has opened her eyes and started to communicate, using writing and sign language.
According to media reports, Chapa's brother and sister could hardly recognize her when they arrived at the hospital the day she was discovered; doctors say it's almost unheard of for someone to survive this type of gunshot wound.
But the girl 's brother, Hilario Chapa, says his little sister has started asking questions about her condition and recovery. She has even written down "Mollie" several times, inquiring about her girlfriend, who was also shot in the head but did not survive.
Hilario Chapa says he has not told his sister, who goes by her middle name, Kristene, that Olgin was killed. "I'm kind of afraid," he told NBC. "She is in such a fragile state right now."
Police told reporters that an eyewitness described the shooter as a white man with dark hair in his 20s. He was 5-foot-8 and weighed about 140 pounds, according to press reports.
Police are not yet investigating the shooting as a hate crime; however, LGBT communities across the nation, including San Francisco, rallied around the two girls, who had been involved in a same-sex relationship since February.
At this point, family and friends are just focused on Chapa's recovery, which will take both a lot of time and money. Her father had just taken a new job and does not yet have health insurance. As the hospital bills mount, the family is welcoming all donations to help with Kristene's recovery.
Feel free to make a donation here, or send checks to Prosperity Bank, 1127 East Sinton St., Sinton, TX, 78387.