5 Year Old Cannon Hinnant Murdered by Neighbor
Wilson, North Carolina: Cannon Hinnant was just 5 years old. On Sunday, he was riding his bike and playing outside his own home with his siblings. Suddenly, a neighbor known to the family ran up to him, and shot him in the head at point blank range.
Daily Mail reported,
Neighbor Doris Labrant witnessed the shooting through her window from across the street.
She told WRAL she saw Sessoms run up to the young boy, put the gun to his head and fire before running back to his own house.
‘My first reaction was he’s playing with the kids,’ Labrant said. ‘For a second, I thought, “That couldn’t happen”. People don’t run across the street and kill kids.’
On seeing Hinnant’s father’s reaction, however, she realized that the shooting was real and ran to lock herself inside and call 911.
The neighbor had just been in the Hinnant home the day before, and even visited the morning of the shooting. They had known Darius Nathaniel Sessoms, 25, for years and didn’t see him as someone who would commit murder.
“I had to pick my son up off of the ground as he bled from his head screaming “ No! No! God save my son.” Austin Hinnant
A neighbor ran to Cannon’s side with an EMT bag, as the father, Austin Hinnant, prayed his heart out for his son. As police and EMTs arrived, they fought valiantly for his life, but Cannon died at the hospital less than an hour later.
Sessoms was charged with Murder and held without bond. His probable cause hearing is set for August 25.
A motive has not been released for this senseless act, but Sessoms’ criminal history is full of drug offenses.
The Wilson Times reported,
Sessoms was convicted of felony larceny of firearms in Wilson County in March 2016, misdemeanor maintaining a place for a controlled substance in Wake County in April 2016 and felony marijuana possession in Nash County in November 2016, according to N.C. Department of Public Safety records. His probation was revoked twice in 2017, resulting in separate three-month stints in prison.
Court records show Sessoms has two pending counts of felony maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance in Wilson County.
The heartbreaking tragedy was also witnessed by the other children who were playing with Cannon. They’ll never be able to “unsee” the sight of their brother being murdered. Our deepest condolences to the family, who now must embark on the toughest journey of all: survival after loss. #JusticeforCannon
“And we wept that one so lovely should have a life so brief.” William Cullen Bryant
A GoFundMe account has been set up for the family.
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