CENTRAL, S.C. -- Sheriff’s deputies near Clemson are investigating the murder of a student from Fort Mill during a home invasion and apparent robbery Saturday night near campus.
Steven Grich, 23, died when he was shot by the intruders. Grich was at his home in the gated Chimney Ridge neighborhood in Central, just two miles from Clemson University. The university said Grich was a junior majoring in Electrical Engineering.
Pickens County deputies said three men entered Grich’s home through an unlocked back door while he was with six friends at about 8:30 Saturday night.
Grich’s friends received minor injuries, but only Grich was shot, said coroner Kandy Kelly. He died at the scene.
Sunday, officers blocked the street outside the neighborhood to get information from people who may have been in the area at the time of the shooting.
The university released a statement saying, "We are so sad about this sudden loss of one of our students... We will support his family and friends and other students during this difficult time."
They asked students to look out for the 2005 Dodge Durango that deputies believe belong to the three men connected to the crime, and advised students about basic safety precautions.
In Fort Mill, neighbors who hadn’t heard the news were shocked about what happened. Many of those who knew the family were too upset to comment.
“He was a GREAT kid,” said the mother of one of Grich’s friends who had been at his Clemson home Saturday, but left before the shooting.
She and her daughter were visibly upset, but declined to comment further out of respect for the family. Other neighbors close to the Griches also declined to comment for the same reason.
Friends posted condolences on a Facebook page entitled “RIP Steven Gregory Grich.” The page already had 484 “likes” by Sunday night, even though it was only created that afternoon.
"An unbelievable tragedy. You were needed elsewhere," wrote one friend.
“He constantly reinvented himself without ever changing who he was," wrote another.
Friends said Grich loved math, science, and producing techno music. One friend posted a song Grich had created and shared on his SoundCloud music-sharing site, called “We Roll Like Madmen.”
“Only the good die young,” he commented. “You will never be forgotten man.”
Pickens County deputies describe the suspects’ car as a 2005 black Dodge Durango with silver wheels, tinted windows, and blue-tinted headlights. Anyone with information should call the sheriff’s office at 864-868-2603.