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Family of Cannon Hinnant calling on community to support family who lost two children in floodwaters

Posted September 4, 2020 11:43 p.m. EDT
Updated September 5, 2020 8:32 a.m. EDT

— The family of Cannon Hinnant, a 5-year-old Wilson boy was shot and killed in August, is asking for the community to come out and support another family who is suffering from a tragedy in North Carolina.

On Monday night, 5-year-old Alexa Osorio and her brother, 4-year-old Abraham Marinez Jr. were being swept away by floodwaters in Johnston County. Osorio's body was found on Wednesday, and her brother's was found on Thursday morning.

Wendy Waddell, the grandmother of Cannon Hinnant, said that this story deeply impacted her.

"I prayed and I prayed and I prayed they would find those kids," said Wendy Waddell, Hinnant's grandmother. "I prayed, and when I heard about the little girl, it broke my heart."

She saw a Facebook post from WRAL reporter Debra Morgan, and commented along with several other people to show her support. Waddell has had her heart broken before with her grandson's death. She said it's hard to imagine what it's like to lose two children.

"We lost one, I can’t image losing two," Waddell said. "We got a lot of outpouring of support and love from everybody."

The support for the Hinnant family has come in the form of vigils, fundraisers, motorcycle rides and kind words. A GoFundMe for the Hinnant Family, set up by Waddell, raised more than $810,000. The fundraiser was disabled a couple weeks ago by the user and is no longer accepting donations, according to the GoFundMe page.

Now, Waddell is asking for the same support be given the family of the two Johnston County siblings.

“I just hope everyone gives them the support and comfort that everyone gave us they really do need it,” Waddell said.

As of Saturday morning, a GoFundMe raised more than $27,000 for the Family of Osorio and Marinez to pay for a funeral.

Waddell said she hasn’t spoken to the mother of the two children, but if she does, she said she would tell them she is sending her prayers, comfort, love and support.

A celebration of life for Osorio and Martinez is scheduled for Saturday at 7 p.m. at Brightleaf Flea Market in Smithfield. People can bring balloons, cards and donations.

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