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Saturday, August 15, 2020
5 Year Old Cannon Hinnant’s MURDER Draws More Than $560G in Donations
The Savagery going on in our nation must stop! What kind of Human Being would execute a 5 year old boy by shooting him in the head? How many more innocent children will die before the Democrats support the sanctity of all Life. Children's Lives Matter! Where's the Outrage in the Media? ...tmiraldi Darius Sessoms Dom Calicchio
Members of the public who were shocked by the shooting death of a 5-year-old North Carolina boy last weekend have contributed more than $560,000 to the child’s family in less than a week, according to a report.
Young Cannon Hinnant died after being fatally shot in the head Sunday afternoon while riding his bicycle in Wilson, N.C., authorities have said. A neighbor, Darrius Sessoms, 25, was arrested Monday and charged with murder in the case, they said.
The shooting has mystified the family because Cannon’s father, Austin Hinnant, says he was friendly with the suspect and even checked on Sessoms’ elderly parents, the News & Observer of Raleigh reported.
Although Sessoms is Black and the Hinnant family is White, Austin Hinnant said he detected no race-related disputes in their relationship, the Wilson Times reported.
Sessoms’ parents, Garland and Carolyn, claimed their son “was not himself” Sunday and that drug-related hallucinations may have led to the shooting, the Times reported. Police have not provided a suspected motive in the case.
On Wednesday, Cannon’s grandmother, Gwen Hinnant, launched a crowdsourcing page for the family that as of early Saturday had attracted pledges of support from nearly 16,000 donors.
The page had an initial goal of $5,000 but has far exceeded that target.
“This family has faced unimaginable pain because of this senseless act of violence,” Gwen Hinnant wrote in a message on the page. She claimed young Cannon was bothering no one, just “doing what he would do any other day.”
Family members said Cannon loved riding his bike and spending time with his two sisters, WNCN-TV of Goldboro, N.C. reported.
“Just a kid trying to have fun in his own yard and something like this happens. It’s despicable,” Merrill Race, the boy’s great grandfather, told the station.
Darius Sessoms was arrested in connection with the shooting death of Cannon Hinnant, authorities say. (Wilson Police Department)
Hundreds of people turned out Thursday at a funeral home in Wilson on Thursday to mourn with Cannon’s family – but a community vigil planned for Friday evening was postponed at the family’s request because they wanted more private time to heal, WNCN reported.
A gathering of some kind may be scheduled in about two weeks, the report said.
Despite the cancellation, dozens of people gathered anyway outside the Wilson County Courthouse, according to WNCN.