A five year-old boy was shot dead in front of his sisters at point-blank range for cycling into his next-door neighbor’s yard, it was claimed. Cannon Hinnant was killed close to his home in Wilson, North Carolina, on Sunday.
A GoFundMe page set up to raise cash for the youngster’s funeral shared a possible motive for the ‘senseless’ killing, saying: ‘A beautiful 5 year old baby boy riding his bicycle was shot by his neighbor point blank in Wilson NC.
‘One minute he is enjoying his life, the next it all ends because he rode into his neighbors yard.’ Cannon’s neighbor Darius Sessoms, 25, has since been arrested and charged with the youngster’s murder.
The victim’s sisters – aged seven and eight – both witnessed their brother being gunned down, Cannon’s mom said. He was rushed to hospital shortly afterwards, where doctors were unable to save his life, according to WRAL.
Police have yet to confirm a motive for Cannon’s killing, although the youngster’s father Austin is said to have eaten dinner with Sessoms the night before Cannon was shot.
Cannon had learned to write his name days before his murder, and was due to start kindergarten the next day, according to The Wilson Times. His stricken mom Bonny told the paper: ‘He was just a loving kid.’
Cannon’s second cousin Rachel Pipkin says she was stunned by Sessom’s alleged crime. She told CBS: ‘We used to play together and I never thought he’d kill someone. A mother now has to lay her son to rest at 5-years-old which she should never have to do. He’ll never be forgotten.’
After he allegedly shot Cannon, Sessoms allegedly fled the scene in a black Toyota Corolla. He was later arrested and charged with first degree murder. The suspected child killer is being held in jail without bond.
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