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Griffen Kramer died of heroin overdose, toxicology tests show

December 23, 2011 |  8:48 am

Griffen KramerGriffen Kramer, an 18-year-old high school quarterback who was found dead at a friend's house, died of a heroin overdose, Los Angeles County coroner's officials said Friday.

Kramer, a Thousand Oaks High School quarterback and son of former NFL quarterback Erik Kramer, was found dead Oct. 30 in Agoura Hills, and officials suspected he had died of a heroin overdose but were awaiting toxicology results.

There was no secondary cause of death listed.

Sheriff's officials arrested 19-year-old David Nernberg and 19-year-old Corey Baumann on Nov. 17 on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter and possession of a controlled substance in connection with Kramer's death.

A 17-year-old also was arrested on the same charges, and a second 17-year-old was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance.

Investigators alleged that on Oct. 29, the day before Kramer was found in his friend's bedroom, he met Nernberg and an underage friend at Sumac Park in Agoura Hills. They drove to a nearby cul de sac, where Kramer allegedly injected heroin and became ill and unconscious.

Nernberg then dragged Kramer into his car and drove around the area, authorities said. As he drove, Nernberg called friends, asking 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 unresponsive, and Nernberg called 911. By then, Kramer had probably already been dead for hours, sheriff's officials said.


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Photo: Griffen Kramer. Credit: Chuck Kirman / Ventura County Star