(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.

North Carolina man shot and killed 5-year-old neighbor while he was playing in his yard, police say

Darius Sessoms, 25, is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his 5-year-old neighbor, Cannon Hinnant.

“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.

"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.

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