A life snuffed out too soon

Lawrence Edward Hinchee
2 min readApr 24, 2022
Cannon Hinnant age 5

Cannon Hinnant from Wilson, NC was shot an killed by his neighbor as he was out riding his bike. Cannon was set to start Kindergarten and was excited about that. He couldn’t to go to school. The police say the shooting wasn’t random. Cannon’s family had dinner with the killer the night before.

The police say the shooting isn’t racially motivated, despite Cannon being white and the suspect being black. The prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in this case. Had the shooter been white and the child black it would have been classified as a hate crime given the current culture in this country.

Several days after his murder, Hinnant’s name began trending on social media, and by Friday, Fox News host Tucker Carlson was asking why the media was ignoring Hinnant’s murder, while an onscreen banner during Friday’s broadcast of The Ingraham Angle asked, “Where is outrage over slaying of Cannon Hinnant?”

A neighbor, who told WRAL she witnessed the shooting from her window, said Sessoms ran up to Cannon and put the gun to his head before running back into his own home.

“My first reaction was he’s playing with the kids,” Doris Lybrand told the news station. “For a second, I thought, ‘That couldn’t happen.’ People don’t run across the street and kill kids.” But what was the shooters motive? If he had been a neighbor for eight years and friends with the father, then why kill the man’s son?

I do feel sympathy for the family of Cannon. But I also feel badly for the family of his killer. They have to live with the fact that their son killed an innocent five year old boy, whose crime was nothing more than riding his bicycle. What a pity. We will never know what little Cannon could have become. May he rest in peace.

Lawrence Edward Hinchee

I am a published author. Book Titled Silent Cries A Memoir. I am a writer, photographer and author. I write under the pen name Brent Seheult. I also read a lot