(WRAL/CNN/Meredith) -- A family is grieving for a five-year-old boy who was shot to death in North Carolina.
Police say Cannon Hinnant didn't die from a stray bullet or a neglected firearm -- they say a neighbor walked up to the child while he was playing outside with his siblings and shot him point-blank in the head.
Cannon’s mother Bonny Waddell is speaking out about his death.
“My baby didn’t deserve this,” Waddell said. “We lost a big piece of our family.”
Waddell said she wants to see the death penalty given to the man accused of killing Cannon, 25-year-old Darius Sessoms.
Austin Hinnant, Cannon’s father, said he also agrees with seeking the death penalty.
Sessoms was a neighbor of Austin Hinnant for eight years. The two men even had dinner and drinks together the night before Cannon's murder.
The grieving father of a 5-year-old boy killed in North Carolina said the suspect has lived next door for eight years and he shared dinner with him a day before the shooting.
"There wasn't anything between me and him, any bad blood whatsoever, for him to have a reason to do this," Hinnant said.
Police have not released information on a motive.
Sessoms was caught and arrested within 24 hours of the murder. He was charged with first-degree murder and denied bond.