Mother of murdered 5-year-old son wants death penalty for accused gunman

Father mourning 5-year-old son who was shot, killed in yard: 'He lit up the room'
Posted at 1:17 PM, Aug 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-15 17:36:14-04

The mother of a five-year-old North Carolina boy fatally shot while playing in his front yard says she wants the death penalty for the man accused of the killing.

Five-year-old Cannon Hinnant was riding a bike outside his father's home while playing with his sisters when witnesses say a neighbor walked up to him and shot him in the head.

The neighbor, 25-year-old Darius Sessoms, has been charged with first-degree murder.

Cannon's mother, Bonny Waddell, says she's heartbroken and wants justice.

"I want the death penalty. And I'm going to seek it," she said.

"Lost a big piece of our family. We all, he touched everybody that he knew."

Police have not said anything about a motive for the shooting.

The family says they're considering creating a memorial park in Cannon's honor, a place where children can go and ride their bikes because he enjoyed that so much.