Over $470k donated after North Carolina boy shot dead at point-blank range while playing

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Cannon Hinnant's grandmother said the little boy was just "doing what he would do any other day" when the shooting happened

WILSON, N.C. (WNCN) – An online fundraising effort in the memory of a 5-year-old North Carolina boy who was shot to death at point-blank range has raised more than $470,000 in less than a week.

Police say 25-year-old Darrius Sessoms shot Cannon Hinnant in the head while the boy was riding his bike late Sunday afternoon.

Sessoms, who is the Hinnants’ neighbor, is charged with murder, according to police.

An online fundraiser was created Wednesday by Cannon’s grandmother, Gwen Hinnant.

Cannon Hinnant (left) in a photo from his family. Darrius Sessoms in a photo from Wilson police.

“This family has faced unimaginable pain because of this senseless act of violence,” Hinnant wrote.

The fundraiser had a goal of $5,000 to pay for funeral services, but had raised more than $470,000 by Friday evening.

Hinnant said Cannon was just “doing what he would do any other day” when the shooting happened.

Family members said the little boy loved his bike and his two sisters.

“Just a kid trying to have fun in his own yard and something like this happens. It’s despicable,” said Merrill Race, Cannon’s great-grandfather.

“He just loved everything. Everybody,” said Lee Parker, Cannon’s stepfather. “I could sit here for days, I just — there are no words or no amount of money that’s going to bring him back.”

Hundreds were at Shingleton Funeral Home in Wilson Thursday to pay their respects to Cannon.

A community vigil planned for Friday evening has been postponed at the family’s request. They said they hope to hold some kind of gathering in about two weeks.

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