Two separate accounts on social media openly celebrated the horrific murder of 5-year-old Cannon Hinnant, allegedly shot execution style by Darius Sessoms after the child road on his lawn, using the child’s race as a focal point as news of the crime spread across social media.
In one post, a Taco Bell worker from North Carolina, in an expletive and spelling mistake-laden reply to a post celebrating the memory of the child who was soon due to begin kindergarten, wrote: “[I don’t] give a sh** he is white it’s time for revenge we tired sh** over with now we shooting yall [sic] go cry to you moma [sic].”
Protect Americans, the Facebook page on which the vile comment appeared, penned a post appealing for users to track down the person responsible for the comment.
“Currently trying to find Mr. Terrell Kent’s employer to let him know his employee’s opinions but can’t find anything,” they wrote. “Likely another loser without a job.”
“People like this are the scum of the earth. We need to discuss the rampant and unfettered racism that occurs daily in the black community. If anyone finds any information on him please let me know.”
Social media erupted in disgust at the inflammatory post written by the man identified as Kent. However, it was later revealed that on another post mentioning the same story, another man, this time reportedly from San Francisco, saw fit to celebrate the young boy’s execution.
“Blew his white privileged brains clean out of his head,” a man under the name Dante Salvador commented on a Wayne Dupree post, adding the “#BlackLivesMatter” hashtag.
Yesterday, National File reported on the horrific incident that claimed the life of an innocent child:
Cannon Hinnant, 5, was riding his bike with his sisters in a Wilson, NC, neighborhood on a summer’s day, outside his father’s house, when his young life was cut short.
Hinnant, according to family members, rode his bike onto the neighbor’s yard, prompting Darius N. Sessoms, 25, to shoot him in the head at point blank range. His sisters, 7 and 8, saw their brother get shot.
“[On] Sunday, August 9, 2020 a sweet soul named Cannon Hinnant was taken from this world over a senseless act,” a Go Fund Me post for the family read. “A beautiful 5 year old baby boy riding his bicycle was shot by his neighbor point blank in Wilson NC.”
“One minute he is enjoying his life, the next it all ends because he rode into his neighbors yard.. 5 years old guys!!” The post added. “Nothing prepares a parent for the loss of their child. No child should ever have their future stolen from them. As of now the person involved is still hiding like the coward he is. Prayers that he is found soon and justice can begin.”
Eyewitness Doris Labrant said that Sessoms ran out of his house, pointed the gun at the boy’s head, fired, then ran back inside.
“My first reaction was he’s playing with the kids,” Labrant recalled. “For a second, I thought, ‘That couldn’t happen.’ People don’t run across the street and kill kids.”
Many conservatives are now championing Hinnant’s cause, using the horrible crime as a rallying cry to draw attention to racial divisions in the United States, even as most traditional media outlets have neglected to cover the terrifying murder.