Richmond billboard honors 5-year-old NC boy shot lifeless on bike, neighborhood occasion deliberate
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A 5-year-old boy pictured with angel wings on an Interstate-95 billboard in Richmond’s south aspect is garnering the eye of motorists.
The billboard honors the lifetime of a slain 5-year-old Cannon Hinnant, killed final month whereas using his bicycle outdoors his dwelling in North Carolina.
The story of Cannon Hinnant has resonated with residents each worldwide and regionally. 8News spoke with a Chesterfield lady chargeable for the billboard and the boy’s father, who says the outpouring of assist has introduced individuals collectively.
“It simply actually, actually acquired to my coronary heart that, you understand, at 5-years-old,” stated Teresa Welch from North Chesterfield. “It shouldn’t have ever occurred to him.”
Carrying a button donning his face, Welch began ‘Ride on Cannon Richmond Va,’ a Fb group bringing consciousness to his demise. Donations poured in for the billboard, a T-shirt fundraiser kicked-off, along with a deliberate neighborhood occasion in Chesterfield Saturday, in assist of the household.
Welch says she misplaced her son, Jeremy, 18 weeks into her being pregnant again in 2011.
“After I misplaced him I used to be devastated,” she stated. “I used to be 40 years previous on the time so it was like my final alternative. I believed that, you understand, that is it. I didn’t suppose I may ever have youngsters.”
Dozens of bicycles have been donated for a raffle at this weekend’s occasion. Set to look, Cannon’s household to share his story.
“Actually wanting ahead to attempting to unfold some love and pleasure on the market,” stated Cannon’s dad, Austin Hinnan.
Austin Hinnan says the outpouring of assist is what’s helped him keep sane by his grief. Assist, just like the billboard.
Now, he needs different dad and mom to cherish each waking second spent with their children.
“I do know they will drive us mad generally however simply don’t take something with no consideration,” he stated.
A 25-year-old man, a neighbor, has been charged with Cannon’s homicide. Hinnant calling for the demise penalty, “plain and easy,” as a consequence for his son’s killing.
“What occurred to Cannon is horrible, however I do have considerably a bit of thoughts understanding that he didn’t need to endure, versus whether or not he was laying in mattress, in a hospital mattress, for weeks and months combating for his life,” he stated. “And generally that may very well be factor or it may very well be a foul factor as a result of they might by no means be the identical.”
The occasion Saturday runs from 11 a.m. to six p.m. at Harry G. Daniel Park in Chesterfield. The occasion contains a free bicycle raffle, children karaoke and prizes.