For informants, money might talk

Published 8:57 pm Thursday, November 13, 2014

Money talks, as they say, and it’s sad that one local family feels it has come to that.

Trevor Baldwin, 20, of Pinewood Circle in Suffolk, was shot and killed on Sept. 30 as he drove down Dunedin Drive in Chesapeake. Police found his car up against a tree with Baldwin behind the wheel, suffering from a gunshot wound that went through his arm and into his chest.

Nobody has been arrested in the crime, and Melinda Baldwin, Trevor’s mother, feels it’s about time for justice to be served.

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Though the family has been cooperative with Chesapeake police and has provided several names that have been floating around, Baldwin said, no arrest has been made.

Baldwin feels like six weeks of waiting have been long enough.

So, the family has taken matters into its own hands and has put together a fundraiser to contribute toward a reward fund. The Nov. 22 event will be held at Skeleton Key Bar and Grille, 4300 Portsmouth Blvd., Chesapeake, at 4 p.m. and will include raffles, a cornhole tournament and food and drink specials.

In addition, a GoFundMe page ( has raised $1,000 as of Thursday evening.

Anyone with information now has at least 1,000 extra reasons to share it with police, not to mention any extra money that might come in between now and whenever an arrest is made and the potential Crime Line reward.

Sure, the money is nice, but should it take hundreds, even thousands, of dollars to make local citizens want to see justice done? Across America, many people who provide information to police every day do so simply because they want to see justice served, want a grieving family to have closure, want a person to get their stolen property back, want safer streets for their children or any number of other magnanimous reasons. Lining their own pockets is usually the furthest thing from their minds.

But monetary rewards exist for a reason, and that reason is that for some people, money is the only thing that talks. Expecting altruism from everyone is a pipe dream that wouldn’t bring safer streets, closure to grieved families and justice to hardened criminals.

And those things, ultimately, are more important.

So, here’s hoping the Baldwin family’s fundraiser is successful and that they won’t have to suffer the lack of closure for much longer.