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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After three and a half days of deliberation, the jury acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse on all counts. “Jurors in the polarizing case said they had voted to acquit Rittenhouse, 18, of homicide, attempted homicide and other charges related to the August 2020 shootings in Kenosha, Wisconsin” reports The Washington Post.
Rittenhouse testified during the trial during which he became so emotional he was unable to speak in between sobs as he attempted to describe the shootings. The judge called a brief recess for Rittenhouse to regain composure.
“I didn’t do anything wrong,” Rittenhouse said on the stand. “I defended myself.”
National Review reports “As the verdict was announced, Rittenhouse, overwhelmed with emotion, burst into tears and dropped to the ground, struggling to breathe. After collecting himself, he embraced the defense counsel who represented him throughout the trial.”
Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time, shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and injured Gaige Grosskreutz, who was 26 at the time. Rittenhouse testified that he fired in self-defense and pleaded not guilty to all counts.
National Review reports:
“Rittenhouse was arrested on August 26, 2020, after shooting three people during the riots that followed the police killing of Jacob Blake, a black man who was brandishing a knife and in the process of violating a restraining order when police arrived on scene.
He was initially indicted on charges of first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, attempted first-degree intentional reckless homicide, failure to comply with an emergency order from a local government, and possession of a dangerous weapon.”
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