Grandson accused of killing his grandfather in Blue Springs charged with first degree murder


Tyreik Baldwin’s booking photo from the Jackson County Detention Center

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BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. -- Prosecutors charged a 21-year-old man with murder on Wednesday after Blue Springs police officers found his grandfather's body in a chest freezer on June 30.

Tyreik Baldwin is accused of first degree murder for allegedly killing his grandfather.

A news release says that the suspect had argued with his grandfather and another family member over various issues, including spilled sugar. That family member told officers that Tyreik Baldwin had sneaked up on him and hit him with a hammer before stealing his truck.

Understandably, Wednesday night Harvey Baldwin's distraught son didn't want to talk to FOX 4's Robert Townsend on camera.  The son says his dad "was an extremely hard worker, a Marine Corps veteran and a family man, who loved to dance."

He also says Harvey after retiring as a steel worker, the beloved grandpa went back to work and recently retired as a custodian from Blue Springs South High School.

"It's just such a shock. We loved Harvey. He was more than a neighbor. He was like a brother to Gary and I. We were really close to him, " said long-time friend, Sharon Wilcox, who lives a few door from Harvey Baldwin.

"The neighborhood is not the same now. He was in fear of this happening. He had talked to Gary and I both and said that he was was very much in fear and for us to keep a watch and we tried. We tried to watch, but that day we were not home."

"Harvey was the kind of guy that if you walked by and stopped and if he was out, he'll talk to you. He was just a really neat man, " said Gary Wilcox.

After Tyreik Baldwin allegedly stole the truck, officers were called to the home and found his family member bleeding, and after initially struggling to find Harvey Baldwin, they found his body in the chest freezer.

Police put out a description of the stolen truck and Tyreik Baldwin was eventually spotted and chased, getting caught on Interstate 470 after officers used stop sticks. The release says that he showed no emotion when told about his grandfather's death. The Jackson County medical examiner ruled his death was caused by blunt force trauma.

"It is just such a huge loss for the whole neighborhood, " added Gary Wilcox. "We are continuing to pray for his family. They're a great family. We're just gonna really miss Harvey. We really thought a lot of him.

In addition to murder, Baldwin is charged with stealing a vehicle, armed criminal action and domestic assault. He is in jail on a $250,000 bond, no court dates are listed for him yet.

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