Teen allegedly killed by new chemical drug


by KRIS BETTS / KVUE News and photojournalist MATT OLSEN

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Posted on April 22, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 22 at 10:27 PM

FREDERICKSBURG, Texas -- Teens from Fredericksburg High School and a local church gathered to pray for one of their own Monday night.

Samuel Herrera, 16, died Saturday after taking what police are calling a legal drug, 25c-NBOMe.

“They found it on the internet, bought it off the internet,” Fredericksburg Police Chief Steven Wetz told KVUE.

Herrera and 17-year-old James Jarreau took the drugs early Saturday morning after buying them from another student, who bought them online, Fredericksburg police said.

Just after 3 a.m. Saturday, police were called to the 400 block of West Schubert where two young men were reportedly yelling and being destructive.

“We went into the house, and the officers found one of the kids unconscious, and the other kid was hallucinating severely,” said Wetz.

Jarreau was rushed to a hospital in San Antonio where he is currently recovering, but Herrera was pronounced dead.

“He was a great kid, just doing stupid stuff that he shouldn't have with the wrong crowd,” said Mason Stephen, a student at Fredericksburg High School and member of Herrera’s church.

Police believe a drug called 25c-NBOMe possibly killed Herrera, and they tell KVUE that synthetic chemicals including Bath Salts, K2 and NBOMe are hard to regulate.

“It's the first time we've encountered this drug. Every time they realize what it is and outlaw it, they design a new one,” said Wetz.

The drugs have been sent to a DPS Crime Lab in Austin where investigators will determine if there are any illegal substances.

Charges may be filed against the teen that bought and sold the drugs.