Suspects arrested in freeway killing of 6-year-old Orange County boy

Joanna Estrada
June 8, 2021

Then he would turn to his sister, Alexis, saying: "Good night and sweet dreams".

"While these arrests will not ease the pain of a mother's loss, my hope is for the Leos family to have some peace of mind and to rest assured the CHP will work with the Orange County District Attorney to bring justice for Aiden", CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray said in the release.

Leos was killed on May 21 while seated in the booster seat of a auto being driven by his mother, Joanna Cloonan, in the city of Orange on the way to drop him off at school.

According to accounts from the mother and witnesses who stopped to help her, another auto cut her off, she responded with a hand gesture, the vehicle slipped in behind her, and someone inside fired a shot through the rear of her vehicle.

Cloonan said Aiden wanted to be an entomologist even though he could barely pronounce it.

She and her husband also visited the memorial site for Aiden on an overpass above the 55 Freeway where he lost his life, the affiliate reported.

The mother of a Southern California boy killed in a road rage shooting remembered him Saturday as a six-year-old with a vocabulary beyond his years who exuded warmth and tenderness.

It follows the offering of a $50,000 (£35,373) reward for more information on the shooting last month, in incident that shocked California. The reward grew from $450,000 to $500,000 on Friday, according to Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer. A vehicle, a white Volkswagen, and gun used in the incident were recovered at different locations, the California Highway Patrol said.

Officials said they believed a woman was driving with a male passenger. "It doesn't bring the little boy back, little Aiden's gone, but I'm so thankful some justice will be served". "He was attractive and he was kind and he was precious, and you killed him for no reason". She said he liked spending time with her even if she was just doing homework or playing video games.

They are expected to be charged with murder, police said. "He said, 'Mommy my tummy hurts, ' so she went and she picked him up and he was bleeding on her".

"We were supposed to grow up together and help each other through life".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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