YFT Collin County raising money to help catch lesbian couple’s shooter

Youth First Texas Collin County is raising money for Crime Stoppers for information leading to an arrest in the shooting of teen lesbian couple Mollie Olgin and Kristene Chapa in Portland, Texas, last month. The group hopes to raise at least $1,000 for the reward.

Lisa Mashigian, a YFT Collin County volunteer, called the event “the brain child of one of our youth.” Dallas activist Cd Kirven, who originated the idea of collecting reward money to help capture the couple’s shooter, said YFT member Kris Wong, 17, is coordinating the event. Kirven said the group remains interested in the shooting because of the age of the victims.

“If we as a community tell kids, ‘It gets better,’ then we need to make it better,” Kirven said.

Kirven said that Youth First can’t help with the medical needs and the physical therapy that Chapa will need, but they can do something to help find the shooter.

The fundraiser will be at 8 p.m. July 28 at Plano Superbowl, 2521 K Ave. in Plano. The cost is $25. Ten lanes are reserved with room for 60 people to participate.

There’s a game room, food and a full-service bar, and there will be a raffle.

Chapa, 19, was recently released from the hospital and, with both sets of parents present, was told that Olgin, 18, died in the shooting.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition July 20, 2012.