The mother of a 5-year-old North Carolina boy shot dead while riding his bicycle outside his home vowed to get justice for her son, saying his accused killer will “rot in hell.”
Bonny Waddell took to Facebook to express her grief over the loss of her son Cannon Hinnant, who was playing near his father’s house in the city of Wilson Sunday when he was allegedly shot in the head by neighbor Darius Sessoms.
“This man will answer to me,” the aggrieved woman wrote in a post on Tuesday.
“That man will see me and my son through my face! This sorry excuse as a human being will rot in hell.”
She added: “My heart has been taken from me.”
Waddell said that the suspect knew her son and how “loving” he was since he lives next door to Cannon’s father, Austin Hinnant.
In another post, she wrote about Cannon’s heartbroken sisters, ages 7 and 8, who were playing with him the day he was killed.
“They just lost a puzzle piece, their best friend, a piece of their heart,” Waddell wrote, asking for prayers for her daughters.
The devastated mom promised to go scorched earth in her pursuit of justice for Cannon.
“I will burn this country down if it’s what it’ll take to see [the alleged shooter] burn in hell,” she wrote. “I’m ready to flip this country upside down.
“We will get our justice and I’m taking every damn body down right with him!”
Police have not offered a motive for the shooting, though they have said it was not random.
A woman claiming to be a cousin of Cannon’s father created a GoFundMe page for the family and wrote in the bio that the boy was shot “because he rode into his neighbors yard.”
Witness Doris Lybrand told WRAL.com that Sessoms ran up to the little boy, put the gun near his head and pulled the trigger before dashing back to his own house.
“My first reaction was he’s playing with the kids,” Lybrand said. “For a second, I thought, ‘That couldn’t happen.’ People don’t run across the street and kill kids.”
Sessoms, 25, was charged with first degree murder on Monday and is being held without bond. His next court date is set for August 25.