Friends keeping pressure on investigators in triple shooting
SAN ANTONIO - Friends are continuing to keep the pressure on law enforcement to get to the bottom of what happened to a mother and two young daughters found shot to death inside their luxury home near Boerne.
The Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office says the mother's death was suicide and the daughters’ deaths were homicides. But detectives with the Bexar County Sheriff's Office say they're not ready to call this a double murder–suicide.
"We can't just say, 'Oh, well then she must've been the one that did this to these two little girls,'" Sheriff Salazar said. "We still have to go out and find out who it was that killed these two young ladies."
Over the course of our reporting, we've spoken to more than a half-dozen of Nichol Olsen's closest friends. They paint a picture of a devoted mother who was happy and had big plans in the week leading up to her death.
"I think there are so many things in this that don't add up," friend Aaron Seaman tells us. "It's important to us that the world knows that Nichol was a loving mother."
As they try to process what happened to Nichol and her daughters – Alexa Montez, 16, and London Bribiescas, 10 – one thing for them is certain.
"We all know in our hearts what didn't happen," Seaman says.
Seaman has known Nichol more than a decade. He says there is no possible way she killed her children.
"What we want more than anything is justice for them," Seaman says. "We want to keep the pressure on law enforcement. We want them to go out and investigate."
Friend Jaclyn Galbraith agrees.
"There's way more of an investigation that needs to happen," she says. "This is not just something that we can move on from."
During a news conference on Monday, Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar emphasized that the investigation into who killed Alexa and London – and whether Nichol killed herself – remains ongoing.
"Our investigation may concur with the medical examiner," the sheriff said. "Or we may find something through the course of our investigation that may change that finding all together. At this point, it’s just too early to tell."
Several friends tell us Nichol had made plans last week before her death, both with her daughters and with the customers at the salon where she worked as a hairstylist.
London was set to audition for the hit NBC program "America's Got Talent", which held tryouts at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center this past Friday.
"I know that Nichol was beside herself with excitement for her," Seaman tells us.
Days later, online tributes continue to pour in for Alexa. The Clark cheerleader has been showered with love from the San Antonio cheer community on Facebook and Twitter.
A spokesman for Northside Independent School District says a vigil of some sorts for Alexa is expected to take place soon.
"I think all of the action and the energy on social media speaks to that need for individuals to come together in moments like this," says Barry Perez of Northside I.S.D.
A candlelight vigil is taking place Wednesday night at 6 p.m. at the Oblate Missions Grotto. It is open to the public.