Written by Randy Stevens | August 11, 2020
This story isn’t picking up the traction it deserves, though, it strikes a nerve with most parents or anyone with a pulse. A small boy was shot, execution-style, reportedly by his neighbor while the child rode his bike. A fair warning: the details of this case are disturbing and not suitable for children.
On Sunday, 25-year-old black male Darius Sessoms allegedly murdered 5-year-old Cannon Hinnant, who is white, in Wilson, North Carolina, in front of the boy’s two young sisters.
Sessoms, who lived the next house over from the victim’s father, ran across the lawn to Hinnant and shot him in the head at point-blank range as his two sisters, ages seven and eight, looked on, neighbors said, according to WRAL.com. Hinnant was in the front yard riding his bike.
The boy’s father, too distraught to speak to local news on camera, was heard screaming after the shooting, witnesses said. The man rushed out to hold his bleeding son before Hinnant was rushed to nearby medical center, where he was later pronounced dead.
Sessoms took off in a black vehicle after the shooting and was not apprehended until Monday by U.S. Marshals Service Carolinas Regional Fugitive Task Force, Goldsboro police, and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, according to a report from WRAL.com.
By far, one of the most horrific details noted in this case is that the small boy was shot in front of his 7 and 8 year-old siblings. A Neighbor who also witnessed what happened reportedly told officers she couldn’t believe what she saw adding that she thought, at first, the man was just playing with the kids.
While police have not published a true motive there is a growing concern on social media that the heartless murder may have been racially motivated. It’s easy to see how some might draw that conclusion given the months of racially charged violence seen around the nation following the death of a Miniapolisis black man named George Floyd.
The other potential motive floating around is that the boy rode his bike through the neighbor’s yard or on his driveway. Though this motive seems extremely odd given the fact that the neighbor was reportedly close to the boy’s father, there may be something to this. After digging around on Facebook, following the #JusticeForCannon tag, I found the child’s aunt who shared a photo that read “Now you can ride your bike anywhere you want, sweet boy”.
The reality is this; until police have concluded their investigation we won’t know what the motive was or if there even was a motive.
The public outcry can be seen across all social media platforms. Oddly enough though, the story isn’t picking up traction with the mainstream media. It must not suit their narratives?
Because the investigation is still ongoing we will continue to follow this story- even if the mainstream media continues to ignore it. As heartbreaking as this has been to research, we equally want to see justice served.