A Heartbroken Family Pleads for Help
A heartbroken family of a Texas teen, gunned down as he left an Orlando night club early Friday morning, pleaded for information on his killer at a press conference on Saturday.
A tearful Daphne Cannon, mother of 18-year-old Dino Cannon, implored the public to come forward with any information on her son’s killer. Dino Cannon was shot and killed as he left Club Limelite on 367 North Orange Avenue around 2:30 a.m., on Friday.
“I came here with my child and I am leaving without him,” a weeping Cannon said. She described her son as a good child and one who professed his faith in God.
“He was a good child. I don’t know who took his life and I don’t understand why,” she said. “But I am asking if you would please, please give us some information so that we might find this person. We need some closure.”
Orlando police believe Dino and the shooter argued inside the Club, before the suspect was escorted out of the Club. Detectives also say, the shooter waited outside until the Club closed and shot and killed Dino in a nearby alley.
The last of five children, Daphne Cannon described her only son as an “awesome guy and clean.”
“He was the kind of child that when I came home from work he would come and bring my shoes,” she said. “And even if I didn’t want shoes he would put them on, put a cover on me and make sure I was okay.”
Dino, along with his parents and four sisters, had come to Orlando to celebrate his graduation. He had just gone to his first prom and the family recently learned he would likely receive a scholarship to attend college. Cannon said her son grew up playing basketball and football and his father was his coach. But he was more than an athlete, his mother said.
“I need you to know that Dino was not only an athlete,” said Cannon, “But he was a talented and gifted student. He was a Texas scholar, he was an usher in the church, he sang in the youth choir and he had already finished his first year in college – he had 36 hours of college credits already done.”
Like his mother, Dino’s father, also named Dino Cannon, pleaded for information on his son’s killer. “As a father, as a friend, if you have any pictures, any video just send the stuff to the police so they can catch this guy,” he said.
Lead Orlando Police Detective Marie Verrett who also addressed the press conference said, several people witnessed the shooting.
“We encourage you to please think of your own family members and what the Cannon family is going through,” said Verrett. “And please come forward.”
Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call the Orlando Police Department or Crimeline at # 1-800-423-TIPS. Callers may be eligible for a reward up to $5,000.