The 5-year-old boy who was shot is buried outside his father’s home in Wilson, North Carolina.
Eyewitnesses told police that Canon Henant was riding a bicycle when his father’s neighbor approached him and shot him in the head in front of his two sisters, ages 8 and 7.
Captain Steve Stroud of the Wilson Police Department said that officers and emergency personnel administered first aid before taking the boy to Wilson Medical Center, where he died.
“They were playing in the yard like any other day,” Austin Henant, Cannon’s father, told WRAL.
A neighbor, who told WRAL that she saw shooting from her window, said that Sissums ran toward Cannon and pointed the gun at his head before running back home. I called 911 after seeing Austin’s reaction.
“The first thing I thought was that he might have fallen off his bike,” said Austin, after hearing the gunshots. “The closer I got to it, the more I realized it was something more dangerous.”
Police said 25-year-old Darius Nathaniel Cesums, 25, was arrested on Monday. He is accused of first degree murder and is being held without foundation.
Austin told the news station that Seesom had gone home the day before, sat on his balcony drinking beer, and had lived side by side for eight years.
Henant said, “God says to love our neighbor. I have a lot of food to go to. I just wanted to be nice.” “There was nothing between me and him, any blood whatsoever, until he had a reason to do so.”
After Cannon was shot, Austin said he carried him in his arms and shouted.
He told WRAL: “I screamed,” Someone, please help me save my son! Help me save my son, please. ”“ [You] cannot imagine what it is like to carry your son in your arms with a gunshot to the head, blood running down your arms. ”
Austin said he does not know why the Sissoms Cannon was killed, and police have not released any details of a possible motive.
During Cannon’s funeral , the young pastor and grandfather spoke of his big smile and bigger heart.
“Cannon was the type who was always polite, the relaxed type but he was a lovely little kid,” Meryl Reese’s grandfather told WRAL. “I’m glad people come in and go out and show they get his back while they care about him, we need more of this hate.”
Family members, friends and pastors said they were trying to help raise the profile of the Cannon family as they awaited answers on Cannon’s death.
“The only thing I’m still thinking about is the Bible that comes into my heart, Psalm 34:18 that says God is close to a brokenhearted,” said Bobby Harrell, a pastor at the campus at Wave Church in Wilson. “This is what I want people to know when we hurt God longs to be close to us.”
A candlelight vigil was set for Friday, but the family postponed it.
Sissums’s parents told WRAL that they are deeply saddened by what happened and believe he was using drugs and experiencing hallucinations.
GoFundMe, created for the Hinnant family, shows that Cannon was ready to start kindergarten this year. Gwen Hinant, a relative of the Cannon family, said she wanted help with funeral expenses and any assistance along the way for Cannon’s parents.