Vigil scheduled for 5-year-old murdered in Wilson

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WILSON – A vigil has been scheduled for 5-year-old Cannon Hinnant, who was shot and killed Sunday in Wilson, according to ABC 11.

The vigil is scheduled for 8 p.m. at the steps of the Wilson County Courthouse at 115 Nash Street in Wilson.

Hinnant’s mother posted to social media that she wanted as many people as possible to show up to the vigil to show love for Cannon.

“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,” she wrote.

Darius Nathaniel Sessoms, 25, was arrested Monday by the U.S. Marshals Service Carolinas Regional Task Force, The Wilson Times reported. Sessoms, who was found in a home in Goldsboro, is charged with first-degree murder.

Wilson County District Court Judge John Britt told Sessoms during a virtual hearing on Tuesday that he has a right to represent himself, hire a lawyer or he could ask for a court-appointed lawyer.

Records from the N.C. Department of Public Safety show Sessoms was convicted on separate charges in 2016, and his probation was revoked twice in 2017, resulting in separate three-month prison sentences.

Neighbors were distraught over Hinnant’s death.

“We were eating our dinner and heard a bang,” said Charlene Walburn. “We knew it was a gunshot. So I told him to call 911, and I ran to the door.”

“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,” she said. “If he saw me on the porch with a Popsicle, he would always come over and ask me if he could have a Popsicle.”

News of the shooting has made national and international headlines.