Funeral held for a NC boy who was shot and killed

Posted at 10:54 AM, Aug 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-14 11:55:01-04

WILLON, NC — Cannon Hinnant was the five year old boy who carried a big smile and even a bigger heart.

"Cannon was the type of kid that was always polite kind of laid back but he was a beautiful little kid," said Cannon's grandfather, Merrill Race.

Cannon's youth pastor says he was always a joy in Sunday school.

"His smile is huge. His personality is big. You could not help to be changed when you met cannon, if a word wasn't said you cant help to be changed," said Daryl High.

Mourners rallied around this family inside and outside the funeral home and the support even reached the masses online in a GoFundMe account.

"I'm glad that people are showing up and coming out and show they got his back and they care, we need more of this and less of this hate," said Merrill Race.

Cannon's father, Austin Hinnant, says Cannon was just riding his bike when police say a neighbor, Darrius Sessoms, walked up and shot Cannon in the head.

"There wasn't anything between me and him -- any bad blood whatsoever for him to have a reason to do this," said Hinnant.

For now, family, friends and pastors will try to help to lift up this family up.

"The only thing I keep thinking of is a scripture that comes to my heart psalm 34:18 that says god is close to the broken hearted. That's what I want people to know when we are hurting god longs to be close to us," said Pastor Bobby Harrell.

The US Marshals’ Carolinas Violent Fugitive Task Force, Goldsboro Police Department, and Wayne County Sheriff's Department assisted Wilson Police in arresting Sessoms.

Sessoms has been charged with first degree murder and has received no bond.