It has been almost a year since Elois Broughton lost her son. At times all she can do is sigh and shake her head as she tries to find the words to explain the loss she feels. She wishes for just one more opportunity to talk to him,
"Just to tell him that I love him and miss him," she said as tears streamed down her face.
Charles Broughton was just 37-years-old and filled with life when he was killed.
His mother forced a smile when remembering how Charles could lighten up a room.
"He was silly, he was silly, he was funny and he was a protector," she said.
Last May, Charles Broughton had just spent the night with a friend at home.
His friend left, so did Charles, and it was the last time anyone in his family saw him.
He was shot to death, his body found in the middle of Langly Avenue on Cleveland's southeast side.
"He was my only child," said Elois. "I have no grandchildren and he's gone just like that. Someone took him away from me.
The pain is obvious as Broughton recounts her son's love of cars, and how he loved to get dressed up.
There is pain as she searches for answers to all the unanswered questions she still asks herself. There have been no arrests. There is no apparent motive for the crime.
Charles Broughton was found with his cash and jewelry.
"I wouldn't wish this on anyone. My heart is so heavy, I am tired of crying, I am tired of not sleeping," she said.
What she really wants is information. Broughton believes there are people out there who know what happened and saw what happened. She is asking for them to come forward.
"I just beg people to do that so that my family, my friends and I can have closure."