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Investigators looking at synthetic drug 'Molly' as cause of deaths

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It may have been a bad batch of Molly, a synthetic drug similar to Ecstasy. That's what investigators are saying about the drugs linked to three deaths in Boston and New York.

And now investigators are trying to determine if University of Virginia student Shelley Goldsmith may have taken Molly before she collapsed at a DC nightclub. She died after numerous failed attempts to revive her.

Goldsmith took a bus to DC for a rave concert at Echostage, and Molly is often the pre-party favorite in that crowd.

"It's very common thing at raves and that sort of thing,"Lauren Allen says,

"While it may have been glamorized by Artists like Trinidad James-- a lot of 20 somethings know to steer clear of this wanna be ecstasy.

"I think people think Molly is safer than pure ecstasy, but the problem is, you never know what it's cut with," Andrew Rouse says.

Special Agent In Charge of the Washington Division of the DEA Karl Colder cut right to the chase for anyone thinking of taking Molly

"It's sort of like playing Russian roulette with their lives," Colder says.

Colder say his office is aware of the tainted Molly suspected in the Boston and New York deaths. They won't know what killed Shelley Goldsmith until the autopsy and toxicology reports are complete.

"We actually don't at this point in time have a link. We won't be able to make a connection until after we gather all the evidence and match those together,"Colder says.

Rob Goldsmith, President of People Incorporated wrote a tribute to his daughter Shelley on his Facebook page.

"She lived less than twenty years but had more impact than many people who live much longer. We will always be grateful for the time that we had with her and we know that we are much better people for her influence,"Goldsmith wrote.

Students at UVA will have a lasting reminder of Shelley for a while at least, a bridge painted in her honor.

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