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Mom of murdered 5-year-old Cannon Hinnant vows to ‘burn country down’ for justice

The mother of Cannon Hinnant, the 5-year-old boy who was shot and murdered in his yard while playing, said on Facebook yesterday she will “burn the country down” in order to bring to justice the man who allegedly killed her son.

“That man will see me and my son through my face! This sorry excuse as a human being will rot in hell,” said Hinnant’s mother, Bonny Waddell.

“I will burn this country down if it’s what it’ll take to see [the alleged shooter] burn in hell,” she wrote. “I’m ready to flip this country upside down,” she added.

Police say that Darius Sessoms, 25, shot Cannon in the head at point-blank range, in a deliberate murder. Sessoms lives nearby and knows the family. He reportedly had dinner with the boy’s father the night before.

Neighbors say that they witnessed Sessoms as he “ran up to the boy, put the gun near his head and fired before running back to his own house,” says WRAL.

“My first reaction was he’s playing with the kids,” said Doris Lybrand, who lives across the street. “For a second, I thought, ‘That couldn’t happen.’ People don’t run across the street and kill kids.”

Police have not yet revealed a motive for the killing. But Waddell indicated it may have had to do with a racial grievance.

“My baby didn’t see color,” said Waddell in a Facebook post. “[M]y baby made sure you knew he loved you even if he only knew you 5 minutes idc [sic] what damn color you were!”

Still, people who knew both Sessoms and Waddell are stunned.

“We used to play together and I never thought he’d kill someone,” said Rachel Pipkin, a cousin of Cannon’s mother about Sessoms, according to local WIRC TV. “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.”

Police arrested Sessoms with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service Carolinas Regional Task Force after he fled the scene as he hid in a home in a nearby city, says WSOCTV.

Sessoms appeared via video in his first court appearance yesterday where he was advised of the first-degree murder charges against him. Advised of his right to counsel, Sessoms said he will try to hire a lawyer rather than use a court-appointed attorney.  He is being held without bond and will appear in a probable cause hearing on August 25.  

North Carolina can impose the death penalty in cases of murders that are “especially heinous, atrocious, or cruel,” but so far, prosecutors have not said if they will ask for capital punishment in the case.

Cannon’s funeral will be held today and a candlelight vigil will take place on the steps of the county courthouse in Wilson County North Carolina.  

“One thing was for sure,” Waddell said in a Facebook photo of the two shortly after Cannon was killed, “he loves his mommy and he knew just how much mommy loved him.”


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  1. BennieLynn Clawson August 13, 2020

    God Bless this family, and the Lord will make sure Justice is served!!! To the family: Never forget your love and the joy he brought to you. Also remember GOD doesn’t make mistakes. He has his reasons………I know that is no solace at this time, but one day the truth will be revealed. My heart, and many, many others, are with you!!

  2. Bemused Berserker August 13, 2020

    Why Sessoms was taken into custody is an affront to all that’s good and decent. Flay the POS alive!

  3. Magdalene McClendon August 13, 2020

    T his is very obvious a hate crime, why is there any question, he didn’t find a black boy to go shoot in the head…This man should have swift punishment, there’s no doubt he murdered the poor 5 year old in cold blood..Where’s the Media and great human rights people criticizing this killing? So Terrible unfair.. Is his life as important as George Floyd’s?

  4. Smallwood August 13, 2020

    Social Justice Warriors”, ergo ANTIFA, BLM, ad nauseum, don’t care about collateral damage. The Followers of Cult of Marxism never have had concern about Human Life in their just over 100 years of Revolutions. By their atrocities , they think of you and I as useful, just as they would think of farm animals, cattle, etc.
    Social Justice Warriors have said zero about the murder of this baby, just as their Marxist predecessors murdered the children of the Romanoff family in Russia in 1918, and the children murdered in the Killing Fields of Pol Pot’s Cambodia, It’s what they do.

  5. JC August 13, 2020

    This guy needs to be first on the list for death penalty.

  6. Randy Anderson August 13, 2020

    The difference being, she really won’t , the blm would, and is.

  7. jerseybadger August 14, 2020

    I will help her.

  8. Mary Keough Rushing August 14, 2020

    Sessoms needs to tried and convicted, given the death penalty and have it carried out immediately , if our Justice System had any respect for the family of this youngster they would allow Cannon’s mother to view the execution or better yet they would allow her to give the injection to Sessoms herself. Mothers of children everywhere should reach out to this family and let it be known that all young lives are precious and America will not stand for this kind of treatment of children any longer, just use our death penalty for the reason it was written into our laws and execute these cold hearted monsters .

  9. Linda Anderson August 15, 2020

    Call me….i will help you burn every thing you want to burn! He is the biggest POS God ever gave breath to!

  10. Jody August 16, 2020

    BS its racial. The guy was running a dope house and was whacked out on drugs. He hallucinated and didn’t see a child. He saw something that made him fear. The famous “kill or be killed” because drugs had him so whacked out. The family was friends with him and they know it, but now want to distance themselves, cause it’s now known they were good friends with a dope dealer!

  11. Randy Anderson August 18, 2020

    Yea, it must be the “environment.” He didn’t mean it. Probably should be issued a ticket, and be let go, right Jody?

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