Why Won’t They Say His Name? Media Silent on Cannon Hinnant Murder

The media is silent on the murder of five-year-old Cannon Hinnant. In the few references to date, the point-blank murder was referred to as “a shooting.”

There is no non-stop media outrage, no non-stop demands for justice, no non-stop talking heads disparaging Cannon’s executioner. 

This lack of media coverage has prompted #SayHisName to trend on Twitter.

A North Carolina resident, “Skeeter” Tulloch, cut his vacation short to travel to Wilson to paint a mural memorializing the slain child. One day after Cannon’s funeral, Tulloch painted the mural which reads, “Cannon’s Life Matters.”

“I just wanted everybody to have something to see,” Tulloch said. He says the mural served nothing more than a tribute to the little boy and nothing else.

Due to the fear of reprisals, Tulloch did not want to disclose the street name or where the mural was placed.

As Cannon Hinnant was riding his bicycle in front of his father’s house in Wilson, North Carolina on August 9, 2020, Darius N. Sessoms allegedly walked up to the boy, put a gun to his head, and fired. The child was murdered in front of his sisters but did not die instantly.

Cannon was transported to Wilson Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Sessoms, who has a lengthy criminal record, fled the scene and went back into his house. He later drove away but was apprehended by U.S. Marshals Service Regional Task Force and was charged with first-degree murder.

A neighbor, Doris Labrant who witnessed the event, said that she thought that he [Sessoms] was playing with the children.

“For a second, I thought, ‘That couldn’t happen.’ People don’t run across the street and kill kids,” Lambert said.

No motive for the Cannon’s execution has been established, but some social media users claim to know the “real” reason. 

A Wilson Police spokesman urged people concerned with the case to use caution before sharing anything that didn’t come directly from official Wilson Police or City of Wilson websites, as well as mainstream and local news media outlets, in regard to social media posts by those who claim to know the real motive behind the child’s murder.

CNN’s coverage notes Austin Hinnant’s account of what transpired that day, and that “it is unclear if Sessoms has an attorney.”

ABC News showed its lack of outrage with the headline, “5 year-old boy fatally shot by neighbor.”

The lackluster coverage showcases the mainstream media’s devaluation of human life, especially the life of a child. There are no calls from the Left for justice for Cannon and no denouncement of Sessoms’ criminal act.

If Cannon were black, would his life have mattered to the mainstream media? Probably not. Cannon was not a criminal, only an innocent.

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