Communication between students, police improves

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —


“Kids: Please share information that could possibly save the lives of your classmates.”

That’s the message being issued this week by investigators with the Fredericksburg Police Department, who continue to work drug situations emerging in local schools.

Adding pressure to the ongoing scenario is the recent deaths of two Gillespie County youths, who died in separate drug overdose incidents.

Fredericksburg High School student Sammy Herrera, 16, died of a drug overdose of 25c-NBOMe on April 20. A second youth overdosed in that same incident, but has since recovered after a stay in the hospital.

A little over two weeks later after Herrera’s death, a 2010 Harper High School graduate, Joshua Harper, 20, of Kerrville, died May 8, of an overdose from a drug that was being determined through toxicology reports, according to Kerrville Police Department Chief John M. Young Jr.

The investigation into Herrera’s death is ongoing here since it happened within the jurisdiction of the Fredericksburg Police Department.

While progress may seem slow to members of the public, newly-named FPD Chief Steve Wetz said work is progressing in the case.

Detectives have been executing warrants for telephones and computers so that information from text messages and emails can help determine a timeline for the events leading up to Herrera’s death, as well as the scope of all those who were involved.

“We are still very much focusing on this investigation,” Wetz said.

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