Family raises reward money

Published 9:23 pm Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A fundraiser next Saturday will bring in money to go toward a reward fund for a local family seeking justice.

It has been more than a month since 20-year-old Trevor Baldwin, of Pinewood Circle in Suffolk, was shot once as he drove down Dunedin Drive in Chesapeake on Sept. 30. Police found his vehicle up against a tree, with Baldwin suffering from a gunshot that went through his arm and into his chest.

Nobody has yet been arrested in the crime.

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“We figured by raising money and putting it out there, money would make people talk,” said his mother, Melinda Baldwin.

Baldwin was an Outer Banks native who played football and lacrosse in high school. He attended Shenandoah University briefly and made the football team there but later returned home and had been working for a family business. He had a girlfriend and was thinking about joining a local men’s lacrosse league, according to his mother.

Melinda Baldwin said the family has been overwhelmed by the support from friends since her son’s death.

“We just felt like there was so much support that we would try this,” she said. “I truly feel like this is going to be our one and only shot.”

The Nov. 22 event will be held at Skeleton Key Bar and Grille, 4300 Portsmouth Blvd., Chesapeake, at 4 p.m. Baldwin said a friend of her husband’s owns the business.

“She was generous enough to offer up her establishment to have this gathering,” Baldwin said.

The event will include raffles, a cornhole tournament and food and drink specials.

An online page for donations also is available at It has raised more than $800 so far.

Baldwin said she hopes the effort leads to an arrest.

“We just wanted to get the information out to the public,” she said. “We just hope that every day we will get a call that an arrest has been made, or at least a warrant has been issued. We’ve informed the detectives of everything we’ve been aware of. There’s been no answers for us and no closure for our family and his friends. I just think that needs to happen.”