Police: Clemson student from Fort Mill killed in armed robbery near campus

by: Catherine Bilkey Updated:

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PICKENS COUNTY, S.C. —

Sheriff's officials are asking for the public's help finding the people behind an armed robbery that left a Clemson University student dead in Pickens County on Saturday night.

Steven Gregory Grich, 23, died of a gunshot wound at his home. He lived just two miles from Clemson University’s campus in Chimney Ridge, a gated community.

"It’s just very shocking to hear,” said Cody Leopard.

Leopard lives near the Grich family in Fort Mill. She just learned about the horrible crime.

“I cannot believe that and right here at Christmas," she said.

Investigators said three masked men broke in around 8:30 p.m., when six students were at the home. Some of them had minor injuries. Only Grich was shot. Investigators say he has no apparent connection to the suspects.

Thoughts and prayers for Grich's family have been all over social media sites. On a page set up as a memorial for the college sophomore Daniel wrote, “Steve was special in that he constantly reinvented himself without ever changing who he was."

Grich was a sophomore electrical engineering student at Clemson University.

Those who knew him well have also made public posts.

One person wrote "RIP Steven Grich. The best friend and roommate I could ever ask for.” Molly wrote "An unbelievable tragedy. You were needed elsewhere Steve."

Many people have reached out to the family

Lori wrote "My heart breaks for the family of Steven Grich."

The robbers are still on the loose. Police are searching for a black SUV involved with the crime. It’s described as a four-door Dodge Durango with tinted windows.