Darius Sessoms Walked Up To His Neighbor’s Child, Stuck A Gun To His Head And Pulled The Trigger
Cannon Hinnant was playing outside with his siblings, enjoying a quiet day of bike riding when his neighbor, Darius Sessoms, allegedly grew enraged at the young boy riding his bike onto his lawn by mistake. Sessoms then approached the little boy, stuck a gun to his head, and pulled the trigger.
Cannon Hinnant was just five-years-old when his life was stolen from him. He was scheduled to start kindergarten this Monday.
The family has known Sessoms, who is now in custody, for a long time and were childhood playmates:
“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,” said Rachel Pipkin, a cousin of Cannon’s mother.
“Cannon’s life mattered!!!” wrote Heather Morgan on Facebook. “My 3 yr old grandson says to me ‘Mimi, I miss Cannon so much. Why did he have to be in that road Mimi? I just want to play with him.'”
Crime In The Family? Darius’ Brother Is Currently Behind Bars For Raping Minors
Darius’ brother, Joshua Sessoms, was a former North Carolina State football player. Joshua Sessoms eventually became a science teacher at Southern Nash High, where he was charged with raping students at the high school and other underage girls. The mother of the two felons is currently seeking prayers on Facebook.
Court records also show that Sessoms has two pending counts of felony maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance in Wilson County. Goldsboro Police Department, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshals Service task force assisted in his arrest. ‘The Wilson Police Department sends its sincerest condolences and prayers to the family of Cannon during this tragic time,’ a police spokesperson said Monday.
Neighbor Doris Labrant witnessed the shooting through her window from across the street. She told WRAL she saw Sessoms run up to the young boy, put the gun to his head and fire before running back to his own house. ‘My first reaction was he’s playing with the kids,’ Labrant said. ‘For a second, I thought, “That couldn’t happen”. People don’t run across the street and kill kids.’ On seeing Hinnant’s father’s reaction, however, she realized that the shooting was real and ran to lock herself inside and call 911.