Funeral held for 5-year-old boy fatally shot in North Carolina

A funeral was held Thursday evening for a 5-year-old boy who was fatally shot in the North Carolina city of Wilson on Sunday.

News 12 Staff

Aug 13, 2020, 8:32 PM

Updated 1,344 days ago

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Funeral held for 5-year-old boy fatally shot in North Carolina
WILSON, N.C. — A funeral was held Thursday evening for a 5-year-old boy who was fatally shot in the North Carolina city of Wilson on Sunday.
Cannon Hinnant's funeral was scheduled for 7 p.m., according to media reports.
Authorities have charged Darrius Sessoms, 25, with first-degree murder in Cannon’s death. Police said that Sessoms lived next to the boy’s father, although police have not released a motive.
WRAL-TV reported that Sessoms said he planned to hire his own lawyer at a court hearing on Tuesday. He rejected a judge’s attempt to appoint an attorney for him. The Wilson County clerk’s office said Thursday that he had still not hired an attorney.
Family members said the boy was playing outside his father’s house when he was shot in the head.
Doris Lybrand, who witnessed the shooting, told WRAL that Sessoms ran up to the child and fired before running back to his own house.
“My first reaction was he’s playing with the kids,” Lybrand said. “For a second, I thought, ‘That couldn’t happen.’ People don’t run across the street and kill kids.”
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.


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