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Parents warn about the dangers of "Molly" after daughter's death

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ABINGDON, VA (WJHL) -

A deadly drug killed a young woman from Abingdon and now her parents hope her life story will save the lives of others.

Shelley Goldsmith, 19, died Saturday, August 31st at a hospital in Washington D.C. where she was visiting with friends.

Everyone who knew her said she was a star-student with huge potential.

But her life ended after experimenting with a drug called Molly. Now, her family is on a mission to sound the warning so no one else has to die.

"She loved life. Loved life. Always smiled," said Dede Goldsmith, Shelley's Mother.

Born on 9-11, Shelly Goldsmith's parents described her as their miracle baby. She was top of her class at UVA and a Jefferson scholar.

"They said she had taken Molly and I said who's Molly?" said Dede.

Molly is a powerful more potent type of ecstasy. It's a dangerous drug that is rising in popularity.

Shelley took Molly over Memorial Day weekend and within a few hours, she had died.

"(Her condition) kept going down hill. It was from bad to worse to awful to disaster," said Dede.

Rob and Dede Goldsmith drove 9.5 hours to be with their daughter but when they arrived, there was nothing that could be done.

"We just told her we loved her and that we were proud of her," said Rob Goldsmith.

Their home is now filled with bouquets of flowers and boxes of tissues, instead of the laughter of their daughter. 

"It still seems like a bad nightmare. It's just not possible," said Rob Goldsmith. 

Their sorrow has been turned into a fuel for advocacy.

"It's the only way we can make sense out of this tragedy is to see some good come out of it," said Rob Goldsmith

"If it can kill Shelley, it can kill you," said Dede.

The University of Virginia released a video on Thursday warning parents and students of the dangers of Molly.

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