Where is the national media outrage, the chants, the marches, the sympathy after a 5-year-old white child was shot and killed by a black man for no apparent reason?
These are among the questions we are asking after 5-year-old Cannon Hinnant was shot and killed as he was playing on his bike outside of his house on Sunday, WTVD reported.
The suspect, who has been apprehended after a manhunt, Darius Nathaniel Sessoms, 25, who is facing a first-degree murder charge.
When officers arrived, they found 5-year-old Cannon Hinnant suffering from a gunshot wound. Officers and EMS immediately began performing lifesaving efforts.
Hinnant was taken to Wilson Medical Center where the child later died.
Wilson Police have identified the alleged shooter as Darius N. Sessoms, 25, of Wilson. Police announced just after 4:30 p.m. on Monday that he had been arrested and is in the custody of Wilson Police Department officers and members of the US Marshals’ Carolinas Regional Fugitive Task Force.
“Really everybody just wants answers as to why this was done. There will be justice,” his uncle, Allan Wooten, said to WSPA.
The family of the victim says they have known the man for a long time as they have lived near each other.
“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,” Hinnant’s mother’s cousin, Rachel Pipkin, said.
Carlton Stevens, the mayor of Wilson, came to pay his respects to the family and said he was shaken by the tragedy.
“I have a child that’s 5-years-old. My heart broke right then. I went home right then and I took my baby and just hugged her,” he said.