‘#SayHisName’ Trends After Mainstream Media’s Silence on the Atrocious Killing of 5-Year-Old Cannon Hinnant

Why is there a media blackout on the execution killing of the 5-year-old boy who was innocently riding his bicycle?

Major news networks have not reported on the atrocious of 5-year-old Cannon Hinnant. The blackout of coverage on the murder of the young boy has sparked the hashtag #SayHisName on Twitter.

As reported at TheBlaze, Cannon Hinnant was riding his bicycle in front of his father’s house in North Carolina early Sunday evening. That’s when Darius N. Sessoms allegedly walked up to the boy, put a gun to his head, and executed him. Then Sessoms, a 25-year-old convicted felon, fled to his home next door in the town of Wilson.

The gruesome murder was reportedly witnessed by Hinnant’s 7-year-old and 8-year-old sisters, as well as neighbor Doris Labrant.

“My first reaction was he’s playing with the kids,” Lybrand told WRAL. “For a second, I thought, ‘That couldn’t happen.’ People don’t run across the street and kill kids.”

First responders transported the boy to Wilson Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Sessoms later drove away in a 2019 Toyota Corolla, but was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service Carolinas Regional Task Force. He was charged with first-degree murder. Sessoms has a lengthy criminal record that includes multiple felony drug charges, multiple felony probation violations, and charges on his record for possessing stolen firearms.

A neighbor said that Sessoms and Cannon’s father, Austin Hinnant, had dinner together Saturday night and that Sessoms was at his neighbor’s home before the murder on Sunday.

“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 cousin Rachel Pipkin told WNCN.

“He would come over, him and my husband would always talk back and forth and he would ask my husband to put air in his tire,” neighbor Charlene Walburn said of the boy. “If he saw me on the porch with a popsicle, he would always come over and ask me if he could have a popsicle.”

You can read more from our friends at The Blaze. All of us at The DC Patriot send our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family of this young man. We are so very sorry for your loss.

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