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Cannon Hinnant: Over $700K raised for funeral, police department warns of fake posts

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Posted at 7:20 AM, Aug 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-17 07:20:44-04

WILSON, N.C. (AP) — More than $700,000 has been raised for the funeral service of a slain 5-year-old boy in North Carolina whose death has captured national attention.

The donations poured into a GoFundMe page organized by Gwen Hinnant, who identifies herself on the website as Cannon Hinnant's grandmother.

Cannon's funeral was held Thursday, days after the boy was fatally shot in the family's driveway as he rode his bike.

A neighbor, 25-year-old Darius N. Sessoms, has been charged with first-degree murder in his death.

Some have taken to social media to claim that race was a factor in Cannon's death.

Police warned Friday about false information circulating on social media about the case.

The Wilson Police Department said on Facebook that fake screenshots appearing to show posts by the department were circulating online

"These are fraudulent posts. You can help us by reporting these fraudulent releases to Facebook so they can be removed."

The only information officially released by police on the case can be found here.