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Family offers $1,000 reward to find Gary man’s killer

Virgil Bailey

Virgil Bailey

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Updated: May 17, 2014 6:27AM



GARY — Deon Glover is on a mission.

He wants the person who shot and killed his brother, Virgil Bailey, locked up. Glover hopes an arrest can give him and other family members peace and prevent another violent death.

“There’s a killer out there,” Glover, 43, of Merrillville, said Tuesday. “Another family will share this pain. If he can kill once, he can kill twice.”

Bailey, 36, was shot while walking to a neighborhood store late March 27. He collapsed on 4th Avenue at Harrison Street, just blocks from his home, and died minutes later at the emergency room.

Three weeks have passed and police have few clues that would help them identify a suspect.

Glover hopes a $1,000 reward will prompt a witness to share vital information with police.

“He was a good family man. Just one day from his first paycheck at the popcorn factory in Valparaiso,” Glover said.

Bailey’s wife was expecting their second child this spring. Bailey also left a 17-year-old daughter and four step-children, Glover said.

Although Bailey had a troubled past, Glover said his brother had made great strides to change. Bailey was an usher at church and “a pleasure to be around. I enjoyed his company.”

The brothers often spent their weekends together. “I called him my maintenance man,” praising Bailey for the skills he lacks.

When police found Bailey on the street, he still had some money and a cellphone, which Glover said made the crime even more senseless.

“He was very strong, athletic, didn’t have an ounce of fat on his body. He wasn’t the type of person who would let someone walk up on him,” Glover said.

The reward will be given to the person or persons whose information leads to the arrest and conviction of Bailey’s killer, Glover said.

“As a community, we must be involved,” he said.

Anyone with information about the homicide can call Detective Cpl. Edward Gonzalez at 881-4750 or the Violent Crimes Unit at 881-1210.



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