On Thursday, Cannon Hinnant will be laid to rest by his family and community. His life was cut too short when a man shot and killed him in his Wilson, North Carolina neighborhood, where residents said he loved to ride his bicycle and eat popsicles on the porch.
Hinnant’s innocence and youth, however, were taken from him Sunday when a man shot and killed him in the early evening.
The story made waves in local media outlets, however, it’s been largely neglected by the mainstream news. On Thursday morning, “#SayHisName” was trending on Twitter and many users were sharing photographs of Hinnant.
A 25-year old man is alleged to have shot Hinnant, who was doing what he enjoyed so much, playing outside. Hinnant was pronounced dead at the hospital. The suspect is in police custody and faces a first-degree murder charge.
“We were eating our dinner and heard a bang,” said Charlene Walburn, a neighbor, according to ABC11. “We knew it was a gunshot. So I told him to call 911, and I ran to the door.”
Sharing a message with the public ahead of her son’s funeral, Hinnant’s mother wrote on social media, “I want everyone to show up for my baby, if you love me and have any heart at all or loved my child please show up.”
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Daily Wire investigation: Italian company may have illegally sold rights to the Vatican’s priceless art
The Daily Wire has been conducting a fascinating investigation into the Vatican Museum’s priceless artwork. “Rights to the Vatican Museums’ priceless trove of art treasures may have been illegally sold without the Holy See’s approval in what one attorney described as a “high-tech heist,” the investigation finds.
An Italian company is allegedly selling the rights to reproduce the Vatican artwork in six-figure deals, while claiming to be working in “collaboration with” the Vatican Museums.
“This scheme is nothing less than a pre-meditated, high-tech heist of world-class treasured art from the Vatican Museums under the disguise of bogus licenses, as if sanctioned by the Vatican,” Sarah Rose Speno, a New York attorney, told The Daily Wire.
The Daily Wire’s report notes that Speno said she stumbled upon the alleged scheme in March when she sought permission to use images of Vatican art for an exhibition by a client.
“We discovered that a large table book had been published with high-resolution images of the interiors of the Vatican, including the Sistine Chapel,” Speno said. “We very much wanted to pursue an opportunity to license these images, as soon as possible.”
Speno contacted Scripta Maneant — the Italian publisher that licensed the photos in the book. Scripta Maneant claimed authority to broker the publishing rights via its “collaboration” with Vatican Museums vice director, Monsignore Paolo Nicolini. Scripta Maneant wanted $550,000 for the rights — with a portion being paid to the Vatican through Nicolini, according to Speno. Although Scripta Maneant claimed the fee would be shared with the Vatican, Speno said she later became suspicious.
“The Scripta Maneant scheme became obvious when the Scripta principals demanded a cash wire in the amount of $82,500 no later than their return from summer holiday in late August,” Speno said. “They said that they would produce Vatican approval for our Italian Renaissance Immersive project ‘if and only if’ the fee were wired to the Scripta bank account they provided. It was at this point that grave suspicion entered my mind.”
Ultimately, Speno said, “we terminated the deal when Scripta could not provide us with documented consent by the Vatican.”
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