Street mural painted for Cannon Hinnant, 5, who was shot dead on his bike 'by a neighbor' – as donations top $700KAugust 17, 2020
THE NAME of the 5-year-old boy allegedly shot by a neighbor while riding his bike has been placed on a North Carolina street after a stranger painted a mural in his honor.
A "Cannon's Life Matters" mural was painted by Lee County, North Carolina man "Skeeter" Tulloch in honor of Cannon Hinnant, who was killed Aug. 9.
Cannon was riding his bike with his sisters and 7-year-old aunt when Darius Sessoms, 25, allegedly walked up to him and shot him at point-blank range in the head.
With news of Cannon's death spreading across the country, Tulloch took it upon himself to create a remembrance for Cannon in his home state.
"I just wanted everybody to have something to see," said Tulloch, who painted the mural on Friday, a day after Cannon's funeral.
Tulloch, who said the mural was nothing more than a tribute to Cannon, did not want to disclose its exact location due to fear of public scrutiny, but he plans on returning this week to go over the white letters with another coat of paint.
Cannon's story attracted nationwide attention. Since his shooting,a GoFundMe in his name had raised over $760,000 by early Monday afternoon, well over the original $5,000 goal.
Sessoms, who is in jail and has been denied bond, faces a first-degree murder charge. The investigation remains ongoing and the Wilson Police Department have not yet released a motive.
Cannon's parents have called for the death penalty in Sessom's case.
"My baby didn't deserve this," Cannon's mom Bonny Waddell said.
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