Annie Broughton said she spent more than two weeks anxiously waiting for authorities to arrest the man who allegedly shot and killed her son in Commercial Township last month.
Friends, family and faith helped keep her going while authorities sought 20-year-old Errick Young, she said.
That wait is now over, as members of the State Police and the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force finally cornered Young in an apartment in Clementon, Camden County, on Tuesday. Authorities said they captured the Millville man while he was trying to escape through a second-floor window.
“It’s a great relief,” Annie Broughton said. “I was worried. I didn’t think they would find him.”
Now, with Young being held in the Cumberland County jail in Bridgeton on $1 million bail, Annie Broughton said she hopes the justice system will provide her family with justice for the slaying of her son, Benjamin Broughton, 29.
“Without justice, it’s very hard losing my baby,” the 52-year-old Bridgeton resident said.
Annie Broughton also said she hopes to, as long as possible, shield the incident from Benjamin Broughton’s 1-year-old son, Benjamin, and 3-year-old daughter, Jasmine. Benjamin Broughton had just kissed the two children on the forehead before walking out of his house and allegedly being shot by Young, she said.
“I hope and pray that they don’t remember,” Annie Broughton said of the two children.
State Police said they found Benjamin Broughton lying on the front yard of his home on Main Street in the Port Norris section of Commercial Township on Saturday March 22. Broughton was shot in one eye, and was eventually pronounced dead shortly after 2 p.m. at Inspira Medical Center Vineland.
State Police and Broughton family members and friends said the shooting stemmed from an apparent domestic dispute involving Benjamin Broughton’s girlfriend, Sharee Goines, and Porschea Young and Errick Young.
Annie Broughton said Porschea Young is the mother of the Benjamin and Jasmine. The Youngs are cousins, she said.
Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae said Wednesday she was going over details of Young’s arrest. She said no arraignment date is yet set.
Young is charged with murder, aggravated assault and various weapons offenses.
Benjamin Broughton was the second person killed in a bloody weekend in Commercial Township.
Authorities also arrested 40-year-old Millville resident Michael Duberson in connection with the stabbing death of 85-year-old Eugene Tabinowski.
Authorities alleged Duberson stabbed Tabinowski on March 21 inside Tabinowski’s home in the 200 block of Spring Road in the Laurel Lake section of Commercial Township. Tabinowski, who described his assailant to State Police despite wounds to his head, neck and face, died about 24 hours later at Cooper University Hospital in Camden.
Duberson is charged with murder, aggravated assault and various weapons offenses. He is being held in the Cumberland County jail on $750,000 bail.
State Police said Duberson did work around Tabinowski’s house for some time. A Tabinowski family member said there was no evidence of problems between Duberson and Tabinowski.
Duberson already has a criminal record. He was arrested twice on burglary charges in 2009, eventually being serving 345 days in the Cumberland County jail here, according to Superior Court records.
As for Benjamin Broughton, Annie Broughton said her son never got into any trouble. His only conflict with the law was a curfew violation that occurred when he was in eighth grade, she said.
“He was a good guy,” Annie Broughton said. “All he did was work and take care of his children.”
Benjamin Broughton has two other daughters, 5-year-old Niasiah and 7-year-old Shelea, Annie Broughton said. They girls live in North Carolina and were scheduled to visit their father this week, she said.
“They are missing their father,” Annie Broughton said. “They loved their father.”
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