Over $400K raised for 5-year-old who was murdered by his neighbor

Five-year-old Cannon Hinnant was shot in the head Sunday, August 9, outside his home in Wilson, North Carolina, in front of his sisters. His neighbor, 25-year-old Darius Sessoms was arrested and charged with 1st-degree murder. Cannon was due to start kindergarten on Monday.

In the wake of his death, Cannon’s grandmother, Gwen Hinnant, set up a GoFundMe page to help with funeral expenses. The fundraising goal was set at $5,000 but as of this writing, over $400,000 has been donated.

“On Sunday, August 9th, this precious angel was playing outside with his siblings when he was murdered. He was merely doing what he would do any other day and that’s playing with his sisters, riding his bike, doing what kids do and all of the innocence that comes with being a child,” the GoFundMe description reads. “This family has faced unimaginable pain because of this senseless act of violence. We are asking for your donations to assist with anything that may be needed for expenses related to his services. We offer our sincerest appreciation in this extremely difficult time. #justice for Cannon.”

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Sky Palma

Before launching DeadState back in 2012, Sky Palma has been blogging about politics, social issues and religion for over a decade. He lives in Los Angeles and also enjoys Brazilian jiu jitsu, chess, music and art.