The heartbroken mother of a five-year-old boy shot dead on Sunday by a neighbor as he played on his bike in front of his father’s house in North Carolina has said that her son’s alleged killer will 'rot in hell'.
Darius Sessoms, 25, was charged Monday with the murder of Cannon Hinnant after a 24-hour manhunt.
Sessoms, a next-door neighbor of Cannon’s father Austin, allegedly rushed up to the young boy and shot him point blank in the head in front of his seven-year-old and eight-year-old sisters before fleeing the scene.
Hinnant's devastated family is now calling for justice as his mother Bonny Waddell reveals the incredible heartbreak her daughters are feeling having witnessed his death.
She said the girls lost a 'piece of their heart' with their brother's tragic killing.
Cannon Hinnant with his mother Bonny Waddell who said her son's killer will 'rot in hell'
Cannon Hinnant, 5, was riding his bike in front of his father's house in Wilson on Sunday when Sessoms approached and shot him in the head. The motive has not been released
Hinnant was playing in front of his father's house with his seven-year-old and eight-year-old sisters when he was shot in the head at point blank range on Sunday evening. The childrens' home is pictured, with the five-year-old's bike circled
‘I will burn this country down if it’s what it’ll take to see this man burn in hell. I’m ready to flip this county upside down,’ Waddell wrote to Facebook Monday.
‘This was not because my baby was riding a bike.
‘We will get our justice and I’m taking every damn body down right with him!
‘Please ride the roads, keep your eyes out. My other kids are in danger as threats were made, this scum bag is not far,’ she added hours before Sessoms was arrested.
‘I want this man to be taken away from his child forever.’
‘This man will answer to me, that man will see me and my son through my face! This sorry excuse as a human being will rot in hell,’ Waddell said in a separate post.
‘My heart has been taken from me.’
She added that the suspect knew Hinnant and how ‘loving’ he was.
‘My baby didn’t see color, my baby made sure you knew he loved you even if he only knew you 5 minutes idc what damn color you were!’ she wrote.
Darius Sessoms, 25, was charged on Monday with the murder of five-year-old Cannon Hinnant in North Carolina
‘Cannon was always telling everyone he loved them. Ask the SOB who took my baby, he knew my child and just how sweet, innocent and loving he was too.’
On Tuesday night, Waddell shared the distress of her young daughters, traumatized by the death of their brother.
‘Please everyone take a minute out of your night and pray really really hard for my girls,’ she wrote. ‘Please, I’m begging! They just lost a puzzle piece, their best friend, a piece of their heart and they know their mommy is not okay either.’
Waddell also shared photos of herself and her son stating: ‘One thing was for sure, he loves his mommy and he knew just how much mommy loved him.
‘That’s my heart man. I can’t do this without you being the boss man,' she added.
Hinnant's grandmother Lori also hit out at the killer online, on Tuesday asking: 'When are we going to write Children's Lives Matter on Hollywood Boulevard?'
'A hard lesson God taught me just the other day, don't allow misunderstandings to make you bitter, communicate, be present and listen to what your loved ones have to say, one day all of this will fall away,' she added Wednesday.
The family has organized a vigil for the young boy on Friday at 8pm on the steps of Cannon Courthouse in Wilson. His funeral takes place Thursday.
Cannon Hinnant was set to start Kindergarten on Monday. The family is devastated by his death with some family saying they have known the suspect, a next-door neighbor, for years
His mother spoke out on Facebook about the heartbreak the family is facing
‘I want everyone to show up for my baby, if you love me and have any heart at all or loved my child please show up,’ Waddell urged. ‘I will get justice for my baby.’
Wilson's Mayor Carlton Stevens also urged local residents to attend.
'We stood together in solidarity for the senseless death of George Floyd, we need to stand together in solidarity for the senseless death of Cannon Hinnant. His life mattered,' he wrote to Facebook.
Sessoms was taken into custody by Wilson police around 24 hours after he allegedly approached Cannon in front of the young boy's father's house at 5:30pm and shot him in the head.
He lived next door to the family, and the killing is not believed to be random. Neighbors claim he had dinner with Hinnant's father Austin on Saturday and had been over at the house earlier on Sunday.
Waddell said her daughters are struggling after witnessing their brother's death
Hinnant's mother urged locals to attend a vigil on Friday
Wilson's mayor said that Hinnant should be given the same attention as George Floyd
The motive for the killing is still under investigation, but a GoFundMe established by a family member says that the young boy rode into Sessoms' yard.
'Sunday, August 9, 2020 a sweet soul named Cannon Hinnant was taken from this world over a senseless act,' it reads.
'A beautiful 5 year old baby boy riding his bicycle was shot by his neighbor point blank in Wilson NC. One minute he is enjoying his life, the next it all ends because he rode into his neighbors yard.'
Cannon Hinnant was due to start Kindergarten on Monday
The young boy was set to start Kindergarten on Monday and had just learned to write his name.
'He was just a loving kid,' Waddell previously told the Wilson Times. 'He had the