Just off the main road leading to the Crossroads community, a new brick house and a 911 call for help.
“A lady had found her husband deceased in his chair in the living room,” says Major Anthony Lowery with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office. 74-year-old Buddy Broughton was dead and at first it was thought to be from natural causes until “They found a gunshot wound or what they believe to be a gunshot wound,” says Lowery.
For as long as anyone can remember, Buddy Broughton owned the convenience store in the heart of the Crossroads community. Folks here are understandably upset and saddened at the news.
“He was so sweet sugar would not melt in his mouth. He was that sweet.”
Like most people in this close-knit community, Robyn Cottrell knew the man she called Mr. Buddy. “He was a staple. If anybody ever needed anything, Buddy he just went above and beyond.”
Family members say the safe in the house had been emptied as well as Broughton’s wallet.
“I don’t see how it could be somebody from here because Buddy would have given it to them. They wouldn’t have to kill him for it,” Cottrell said.
Investigators continue to search for the answers on everyone’s mind: Who did this and why?
Anyone with information that could be helpful to the investigation is asked to call the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office.