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5-Year-Old Cannon Hinnant Shot While Playing Outside To Be Laid To Rest

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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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Pope Francis calls for universal ban on ‘so-called surrogate motherhood’

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Pope Francis called for a universal ban on surrogacy, likening the practice as an unborn child “turned into an object of trafficking.”

“I consider despicable the practice of so-called surrogate motherhood, which represents a grave violation of the dignity of the woman and the child, based on the exploitation of situations of the mother’s material needs,” Francis said in a speech to the Holy See on Monday.

The “uterus for rent” process, as Francis has called it, was estimated to bring in $14 billion in the U.S. in 2022, and is projected to grow to a $129 billion market by 2032. National Review reports Individual surrogacies can cost anywhere from $60,000 to $200,000 plus in the U.S. Rising infertility rates, an increase in the number of fertility clinics, and “sedentary lifestyles” contribute to surrogacy’s recent popularity, according to Global Market Insights.

“A child is always a gift and never the basis of a commercial contract,” Francis continued. “Consequently, I express my hope for an effort by the international community to prohibit this practice universally.”

Surrogacy is already banned in many European countries. In the United States, commercial surrogacy, or for-profit surrogacy, is legal in some states, and the practice has been used by celebrities who are very public with their decision to use surrogacy.

Altruistic surrogacy, the method by which a woman carries another person’s child for no official compensation, is legal in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, South Africa, Greece, and Iceland, according to the National Institutes of Health.

The speech was about threats to peace and human dignity. “A child is always a gift and never the basis of a commercial contract,” Francis continued. “Consequently, I express my hope for an effort by the international community to prohibit this practice universally.”

Francis also listed Russia’s war on Ukraine, the Israel-Hamas war, climate change, and increased weapons production as great threats to peace on Monday.

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