Riding event to honor Cannon Hinnant Saturday

Ashley Inge

Lilly G. Riding Club of Dublin is hosting an event called Riding for Cannon that will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at Stephenville City Park.

The ride is in honor of 5-year-old Cannon Hinnant, who was fatally shot outside his home in Wilson, North Carolina on Sunday, Aug. 9.

The shooter, 25-year-old Darius Sessoms, was a neighbor of the Hinnant family and was arrested the day after the incident.

Soon after it was reported, many pushed the claim that the story was being ignored because of race: Cannon was White, while Sessoms is Black. However, police have given no indication that race was a factor in the crime, according to The Washington Post.

“Everybody is complaining because he [Cannon] is not getting the attention from the media that he should be getting, so we want to do a ride in his name,” said Rick Taylor, president of Lilly G. Riding Club. “It has nothing to do with racism. It has nothing to do with COVID-19. We’re doing it because we’re in Texas; they’re in North Carolina. He’s a kid who we want to remember and by doing this, it’s not just for him; it’s for all children.”

Line up for the ride begins at 8 a.m. and the ride will start at 9 a.m.

The route will begin at Stephenville City Park and will go down Graham St., Washington St., Ollie St. and loop back.

"I want the public to understand that as far as lives matter, all lives matter,” Taylor said. “We want them to understand that this is not just for this child, that this is for everybody's child. We want people in North Carolina to realize that the people from Texas have a heart as big as Texas and we’re thinking of them, and this is our way of giving our condolences to the family in North Carolina.”

Taylor said that the ride is for both horsebacks and pickups and that all children are invited to participate in the ride.

"All children are encouraged to be a part of it as far as riding in vehicles and [on horses],” he added. “It’s about the kids.”