New Details in Death of Griffen Kramer
November 18, 2011
Update: The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has disclosed that high school quarterback Griffen Kramer used heroin during the evening prior to his death.
When Kramer started to foam at the mouth and lose consciousness, Giffen’s friend, David Nernberg, allegedly called his friends for advice.
“Rather then seek medical attention, he took him to his house and let him sleep it off,” Sgt. Barry Hall told the VC Star.
Police say Nernberg then left Kramer alone inside the residence. He was found dead the next morning.
Nernberg was arrested on Thursday, November 17 for involuntary manslaughter. He remains in custody at the Lost Hills Sheriff Station.
Also arrested was Corey Baumann, 19, of Agoura Hills. Baumann is charged with involuntary manslaughter and possession of heroin and cocaine with intent to distribute. Baumann remains in custody at the Lost Hills Station in lieu of $125,000 bail.
A 17 year-old male was also arrested for involuntary manslaughter. Police say the Oak Park teenager spent time with Nernberg and Kramer during the evening of Kramer’s death.
Another 17 year-old from Oak Park was arrested on drug charges and later released to his family.
More than forty pieces of evidence, including heroin, cocaine, and marijuana was seized from six locations searched by police on Thursday.
Also arrested was Carey Van Dyke, 41, of Oak Park. During a search of his residence, police found five children living in “deplorable conditions.” The children were taken into protective custody and Van Dyke was arrested for child endangerment.
Original story: Five people have been arrested in connection with the death of high school quarterback Griffen Kramer, who died October 30.
Three adults and two juveniles were arrested during a search of six locations Thursday morning.
The investigation led police to believe that Kramer may have died of a drug overdose. The L.A. County Coroner is investigating the possibility with toxicology testing.
During the investigation, several of the people arrested were identified by police as being involved in “narcotics activity” prior to the time of Kramer’s death.
David Nernberg, 19, of Agoura Hills, was arrested for involuntary manslaughter.
Nernberg graduated from Agoura High School, where he played on the same football team as Griffen Kramer. According to his Facebook page, he attends University of California, San Diego.
Sheriff’s Department records show Nernberg was arrested at 7:10 a.m. and was booked into the Malibu/Lost Hills Station at 9:56 a.m. He remains in custody in lieu of $125,000 bail.
A woman, who identified herself to police as Nernberg’s mother, was sighted at the Lost Hills Station early Thursday afternoon trying unsuccessfully to meet with her son.
The woman, who was visibly distraught, loudly stated in the lobby of the police station that “I never asked him what he’s doing, I never asked him where he’s going, he’s always hanging out with those guys, and now this happened.”
The woman did not receive detailed information about the case because it is being handled out of the Homicide Bureau and not the Lost Hills Station, and therefore Lost Hills personnel would not be familiar with details of the case.
When asked if there was anything else he could do, the woman asked the deputy at the front desk to “make this all go away.”
The deputy was sympathetic to the woman and stated that “I may be wearing a uniform, but if I was going through this, I’d probably be losing my stuff too.”
An unidentified man who accompanied her stated loudly in the main lobby of the Lost Hills Station that Nernberg was an adult and that he was deciding whether or not to let Nernberg stay in custody “for a few days” before arranging bail.
On the front steps of the Lost Hills Station, the woman subsequently got into a verbal argument with the man who accompanied her.
Four other people were arrested for unspecified misdemeanor charges.
During the search of six residents in Agoura Hills, Oak Park, and Westlake Village, six children were found to be living in “deplorable conditions” at a home in Oak Park and taken into protective custody. The father was arrested for felony child neglect and the children were remanded to the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.
Griffen Kramer, 18, was a quarterback on the Thousand Oaks High School football team. He was found dead on the morning of October 30 at a friend’s house in Agoura.
Kramer’s family reportedly told the school that alcohol poisoning may have been the cause of death.
“He reportedly went to sleep and did not wake up. Although the cause of death isn’t official, initial indications suggest his passing was due to alcohol poisoning,” officials from Thousand Oaks High School said a statement.
Kramer was a senior who transferred from Agoura High School to Thousand Oaks during his junior year. He attended Agoura High School during his freshman year and spent some of his sophomore year at a rehabilitation facility for substance abuse.
Kramer is the son of former NFL quarterback Erik Kramer who played from 1987-1999 in Detroit and Chicago.
This is a developing story. We will provide updates as information develops.