Deceased A&M Sigma Nu Fraternity member identified

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COLLEGE STATION - College Station police have released the identity of the Sigma Nu Fraternity member who died at the A&M fraternity house this past weekend.

The 19-year-old has been identified as Anton Gridnev, a permanent resident of Frisco, Texas.

Gridnev was a student at Texas A&M and a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity. According to police, he had recently moved into the multi-room Sigma Nu home.

On Saturday, August 20, College Station police officers were sent to the house located at 550 Fraternity Row at 4:40 a.m. to check on an unconscious person.

Officers arrived and found Gridnev unconscious and not breathing.

College Station firefighters began CPR and Gridnev was immediately transported to the College Station Med where he was pronounced dead. The preliminary cause of death is believed to be due to an overdose of an unknown substance.

During the investigation, it was determined that there were possible illegal substances within the house. Officers detained several people and a search warrant was obtained.

As a result of the search warrant, four people were arrested for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Several people were also cited for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Arrested were:

-Samuel Patterson, 21 year old College Station resident

-Michael Frymire, 20 year old College Station resident

-Christian Sandford, 18 year old College Station resident

-Ty Robertson, 21 year old College Station resident

Three citations were also issued to other individuals in the home for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Those who received citations were:

- Maxwell Gollomp, 19 year old College Station resident

- John Cain, 19 year old College Station resident

- Zachary Farmer, 20 year old College Station resident

Investigators told KHOU 11 News in Houston they believe some members in the house tried to move the body of the deceased to cover up the drugs.

The College Station Police spokesperson would not confirm that information with KBTX.

Police say the investigation into this incident is active, with detectives' primary focus being on the death of Gridnev.

An autopsy has been ordered for Gridnev in an attempt to determine an exact cause of death.

Brad Beacham, Executive Director of Sigma Nu Fraternity, issued the following statement to KBTX on Saturday:

“Our hearts are filled with sorrow as we grieve the loss of this young man. Our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences are with his family and loved ones. We appreciate the immediate support and care the Texas A&M community is providing during this very difficult time. We will be working with Texas A&M officials to provide as much continuing support as possible to those affected. The Fraternity will assist, however possible, with the investigation by local authorities. At the appropriate time, the Fraternity and University will complete their own investigations.”

Beacham declined to make additional comments on Monday.

Amy Smith, on behalf of Texas A&M, issued this statement to KBTX on Saturday:

"We are deeply saddened by this news and offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the deceased student. We are cooperating with law enforcement as part of an investigation. Sigma Nu fraternity national headquarters is aware of the incident and is also cooperating with authorities. Our first response team has been onsite to provide aid to students affected. Our counseling services center is standing by as a resource for students in search of assistance, including for substance abuse as is believed to be the case for this incident.”


Christian Sandford
Michael Frymire
Samuel Patterson
Ty Robertson