Keith Baldwin, pictured, died of a gunshot wound Oct. 22, then his brother, Andrew Baldwin, was killed inside a home in Surrey on Nov. 11. GoFundMe / PNG
Keith Baldwin, 27, was found by the side of Yale Road in Chilliwack on Oct. 22 with a serious gunshot wound to the head and died later in hospital.
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is probing both deaths but without progress to date. Neither attack is considered random and it isn’t clear if either or both are gang-related.
“I can confirm they were brothers,” said IHIT Sgt. Frank Jang. “We’re still trying to establish if the two incidents are linked.”
Friends and relatives are reluctant to talk about the cases or to have their names used, especially after the second shooting.
VANCOUVER – Investigators have identified the 30-year-old victim of a recent Surrey homicide as they continue to seek witness and locate a suspect.
“There is a dark underworld we have allowed to take hold,” said pastor Jim Toohey, who was acting as a mentor to Keith in his recovery from substance abuse. “These crimes have snuffed out a lot of potential.”
“It’s a very demanding faith-based program; that’s why it’s called a challenge,” he said. “Aspects of it were working and I know from talking with him on the phone that there was more Keith there than before. All his faculties were coming back. It definitely was working.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact IHIT at 1-877-551-4448 or Crime Stoppers to remain anonymous.
“I think he was emotionally exhausted,” said Toohey. “During that time away, aspects of his former life resurfaced and drew him in.”
His death was believed to be a homicide and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has since taken over.
Both brothers are known to police, but in Keith’s case he hadnt had a run-in with the law since 2011.
“He was a deeply caring guy, someone who was very thoughtful and considerate of others, with a very sensitive heart,” Toohey said.
IHIT is still trying to piece together what happened in Keith’s final hours, and now those of his older brother, too.
“Our investigators have been busy determining Keith Baldwin’s activities leading up to his death,” said Jang.
A police dog was brought in to conduct a search for a suspect last spotted headed north on 124th Street wearing a dark-coloured hoodie and dark sweatpants. The suspect may have suffered injuries during the altercation.
IHIT is working closely with the Surrey RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather more evidence.
Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-4448 or by email to [email protected] Those wishing to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Adult & Teen Challenge is accepting donations in memory of Keith Baldwin and a GoFundMe page is collecting donations for Keith’s wife.
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The Surrey Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a homicide suspect.
Earlier this week, the Surrey RCMP and IHIT were called to a residence in the 10700-blocks of 124 Street. Police officers say that when they arrived on the scene, they located 30-year-old Alex Baldwin unresponsive with critical injuries.
According to a statement from IHIT, Baldwin was taken to the hospital where he passed away. His death has since been deemed as a homicide.
Authorities say that at the time of the incident, the suspect in question was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and dark pants with a reflective material around the bottom of the pant leg. He was last seen northbound on 124 Street.
IHIT is working with the Surrey RCMP, forensic services, and the BC Coroners Service to gather evidence. At this point in time, however, IHIT says that the investigation is still in early stages and a motive is not yet known.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the IHIT information line at 1-877-551- IHIT (4448), or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).