FREDERICKSBURG, Texas (KXAN) - In Fredericksburg, a 16-year-old student was laid to rest on Wednesday after police say he snorted a "designer drug" that caused a heart attack.
Samuel Herrera and a friend each ingested the drug. Herrera died from the overdose; his friend was in stable condition at a San Antonio hospital.
Police said an 18-year-old student at the high school sold them the drugs, which he bought online.
The new derivative designer drug, called 25C-NBOMe, has stumped the lab so far.
“Chemists are still working on it to figure out the components inside it,” said Lt. Steve Wertz with the Fredericksburg Police Department. “Until we know that we won't know what charges we're filing on anybody.”
The drug is relatively new. It first surfaced three years ago, so police and doctors are still learning about its effects.
You can find scientific papers, but searching online forums and web pages is one of the ways you can find out information.
Many users reported hallucinations and feelings more potent or euphoric than LSD.
Herrera was a star linebacker on the school's football team. His death stunned members of the community.
After the funeral, hundreds attended a wake in his honor.
“Sam had lots of friends, everyone loved him,” classmate Kayla Renteria said. “He would walk into a room and put a smile on your face.”
Amid the tragedy, family and friends hopes this sends a message to students and parents.
“I hope this wakes them up," Betty Tschirhart said. "We need to get this drug stuff under control.”
KXAN Texas (David Scott reporting)
24th April 2013
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16-year-old male dies from 25C-NBOMe overdose