When authorities entered a luxury home near San Antonio last Thursday, they found a grisly scene.
Nichol Olsen, 37, had been shot to death alongside her daughters, Alexa, 16, and London, 10. After conducting an autopsy, the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the girls’ deaths as homicides and Olsen’s death as a suicide.
But not everyone is convinced that the hairstylist would have shot her daughters before turning the gun on herself — and even the sheriff’s office has emphasized that the investigation is still ongoing.
“We can’t just say, ‘Oh, well then she must’ve been the one that did this to these two little girls,’” Sheriff Javier Salazar told reporters at a press conference, according to News4SanAntonio.com. “We still have to go out and find out who it was that killed these two young ladies.”
According to multiple news outlets, the crime scene was discovered by the owner of the home where the bodies were found. The man was in a relationship with Olsen, and told investigators he was not at the house on the night of the shootings, KTSA reported.
Sheriff Salazar said that the homeowner is cooperating with authorities as they investigate the case. “Yeah, you’re a person of interest if three people were found deceased in your home, whether you were there or not, and two of them have been listed as homicides,” he told reporters, but stressed that the public shouldn’t rush to judgment.
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“We’re a long ways off from naming anybody culpable in the deaths of these girls,” Salazar continued, “but we’re also a long ways off from clearing anybody.”
While authorities continue to investigate the case, those close to Olsen say that she would never have ended three lives so violently.
“There’s no way she would ever do this to her daughters. And not to herself,” Olsen’s friend Jaclyn Galbraith told News4SanAntonio.com.
“Her girls were everything to her,” Galbraith continued. “And I just need everyone to know that she is a woman that is so strong and so fierce and would do anything to protect her girls.”
At a candlelight vigil, her family and friends reemphasized their belief in her innocence. “There’s no way that Nichol could have done this to these girls,” said Carlos Montez Jr., Alexa’s father and Olsen’s former husband, according to the San Antonio Express-News. “She loved them too much. She had so much joy in her life and so many things going for her. There is absolutely no way that we believe she is responsible for everything that happened.”
Sheriff Salazar says that the police are not going to just take the coroner’s report at full value. “Our investigation may concur with the medical examiner,” he told reporters. “Or we may find something through the course of our investigation that may change that finding altogether. At this point, it’s just too early to tell.”
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