On Sunday, 5-year old Cannon Hinnant was executed by 25-year-old Darius N. Sessoms from a gunshot to the head.
Cannon Hinnant was riding his bike in front of his house when Sessoms charged the young boy and shot him in the head right next to his two sisters.
Cannon’s father, Austin Hinnant, opened up in an emotional interview about what it was like to hold his son while he passed away in his arms.
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“They were just playing in the yard like any other day,” Austin Hinnant said on Thursday.
Hinnan then explained how he heard a gunshot.
“The first thing that went through my mind was maybe he just fell off his bike,” he said. “The closer I got to him, the more I realized it was something far more serious.”
Darrius Sessoms, 25, was charged with first-degree murder in Cannon’s death and was arrested Monday in Goldsboro.
Hinnant said he has lived next door to Sessoms and his parents for eight years and even had him over for dinner on Saturday.
“The Lord says to love our neighbor. I have plenty of food to go around. I just wanted to be nice,” Hinnant said, noting that he and Sessoms sat on his porch and drank beer.
He said he had never had any confrontations with Sessoms.
“There wasn’t anything between me and him, any bad blood whatsoever, for him to have a reason to do this,” he said.
After Cannon was shot, Hinnant said, he scooped the wounded boy into his arms.
“I screamed, ‘Somebody, please help me save my son! Help me save my son, please,'” he said.
A neighbor came over with an EMT bag, he said, adding that he then fell to his knees and prayed aloud.
“[You] can’t imagine what it’s like to hold your son in your arms with a gunshot wound to the head, and his blood is running down your arms,” he said.
Meanwhile, he said, Sessoms was pacing nearby, gun in hand, before driving off.
“I was looking at him as I was picking up Cannon,” he said. “I was so full of rage, but I couldn’t leave my son’s side. I wanted to be with my son.”
Hinnant said he has no idea why Cannon was killed.
“Everybody just loved Cannon. He lit up the room,” he said.
Wilson police haven’t released any details regarding a possible motive in the shooting.
The family has postponed a community vigil for Cannon that had been set for Friday night. No new date has been set.
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