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Dead star football player was injected with narcotics, sheriff says

November 21, 2011 |  3:00 pm

Hours before Griffen Kramer was reported unconscious in the bedroom of a friend's Agoura Hills home, the Thousand Oaks High School quarterback had fallen ill after injecting narcotics, according to a preliminary investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Griffen's friend failed to alert authorities, thinking his friend could sleep it off, according to the Sheriff's Department.

Kramer, 18, died Oct. 30 of an apparent drug overdose, Sheriff's Department officials said. Kramer is the son of Erik Kramer, a former professional football player who had played for Burbank Burroughs High School and Pierce College.

Investigators found that on Oct. 29, the day before Griffen Kramer was found in his friend's bedroom, he met David Nernberg and another underage person at Sumac Park in Agoura Hills. They drove to a nearby cul-de-sac, where, investigators learned, Kramer injected the narcotics, and became ill and unconscious.

Nernberg then dragged Kramer into his car and drove around the area, authorities said. As he drove, Nernberg called around, asking others if he could take Kramer to their houses. They told him no. So, Nernberg drove to his own house and dragged Kramer, still unconscious, from the car to his bedroom, authorities said.

The next morning, when Nernberg woke up, Kramer was still lifeless; and Nernberg called 911. By then, Kramer had probably already been dead for hours, according to the Sheriff's Department.

Since Kramer's death last month, nine people have been arrested in connection with the incident. Among them, Nernberg and Corey Baumann, 19, both of Agoura Hills, were arrested Thursday on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter and possession of a controlled substance; both have been released on bail.

One juvenile, a 17-year-old from Oak Park, was also arrested on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter and possession of a controlled substance. He is being held at Sylmar Juvenile Hall without bail. Another juvenile from Agoura Hills, also 17, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance.

The arrests came after sheriff's deputies searched six locations in Agoura Hills and Westlake Village, as well as in Oak Park in Ventura County.

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-- Rick Rojas

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