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Steven Gregory Grich

Investigators on Monday arrested three men in connection with the armed robbery and killing of a 23-year-old Clemson University student from Fort Mill.

Jordan Charles Dalton, 19, Jaron Bradley Dalton, 24, and Bernard Kadeen Ramsey, 19, are all charged with murder, armed robbery, first-degree burglary and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to the Pickens County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators issued warrants for 18-year-old Lester Devaria Mosley Jr., who was still at large late Monday and is considered armed and dangerous, authorities say.

Just before 8:30 p.m. Saturday, according to the Pickens County Sheriff's Office, three masked men entered through the unlocked back door of Steven Gregory Grich's apartment in the town of Central, about two miles away from the Clemson campus, and shot him.

Seven people were in the apartment at the time of the attack, police said, and no one else was shot or seriously injured. Investigators do not believe Grich knew the men who attacked him.

Police received information early Monday that led them to Ramsey, authorities said. After further investigation, authorities say they connected the Dalton brothers and Mosley to the killing.

A black 2005 Dodge Durango police believed the men to be driving was also found.

Police also charged Grich's roommate, Robert McKinley, 29, with simple possession of marijuana. Deputies said they found the marijuana while searching the home Saturday night.

A woman answering the phone at a listing for McKinley on Monday said he was devastated by his roommate's death and was cooperating with investigators.

Authorities said the four murder suspects intended to rob McKinley of what they believed would be a large amount of marijuana. Only a few grams were actually taken from the apartment, according to the sheriff's office.

A creative mind

Grich, an electrical engineering major, liked to mix his own music and create his own sounds while trying to devise ways to make energy free for everyone.

The Clemson University junior's father compared him to Sheldon Cooper of the CBS comedy "The Big Bang Theory."

Math and science were "his life," said his father, Steve Grich.

On Facebook, friends created a memorial page titled "RIP Steven Gregory Grich." Family, close friends and acquaintances posted on the page throughout Sunday and Monday, sharing memories of Grich "reinventing himself" and flashing his trademark smirk.

One woman posted that Grich was her first boyfriend in junior high school, compelling her to write, "I love Steven," on her sneakers.

"Clearly, there are a lot of people upset about the tragedy," said Clemson spokesman John Gouch. "He was a young man. I think it's hit a lot of people hard just because it's someone cut down in the prime of life."

Sunday night, Clemson's affairs office held counseling sessions to help students deal with the stress of learning about Grich's death right before final exams, which started Monday.

Grich was the first Clemson student this year to be killed in a violent crime, Gouch said. In October, Kohleigh Michelle Hunt, a 20-year-old Clemson senior, was killed in a three-car wreck just north of Seneca.

The younger Grich, born in Virginia before he and his family moved to Connecticut and then to South Carolina a couple of years ago, graduated from Connecticut's Valley Regional High School, where his father said he faced several difficulties.

Everyone thought the young man was lazy and uninterested in school, his father said, until he took himself to a doctor and was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder. The doctor prescribed medication that helped him focus.

Soon he was able to "multifunction," his father said, concentrating on several tasks at one time. One of those tasks included using SoundCloud – an online distribution site that allows artists to record and share their own audio creations.

Under the screen name "Mandelbrot," he produced 10 sounds, several with unique names like "Suroopanaka" and "God Complex."

Before enrolling at Clemson, Steven Grich earned an associate's degree in electrical technology from the New England Institute of Technology in Rhode Island.

"He was furthering his education at Clemson," his father said, enrolling there in the fall of 2011 with aspirations to provide cheap or free energy for everyone.

"He wanted to help the world," his father said. "He wanted to make a difference."

-- Jonathan McFadden, Rock Hill Herald

Published in Charlotte Observer on Dec. 11, 2012
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