6-Year-Old Boy Fatally Shot on Freeway Was on His Way to Kindergarten

Aiden Leos had just celebrated his sixth birthday last week, now all the family wants is justice

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The family of the little boy who was shot and killed after an apparent road rage incident on an Orange County freeway is pleading for the public’s help to find the shooter.

Family members identified the victim in Friday morning's shooting on the 55 Freeway in Orange as 6-year-old Aiden Leos. 

All night long, people arrived at a memorial and dropped off flowers and balloons for little Aiden. His family said they are overwhelmed by the support. 

Aiden had just celebrated his sixth birthday last week.

Aiden’s family wants to remember him as a happy kid who could brighten up a room. Aiden's sister said he was one of a kind.

“I was also so grateful for him because he was a rare toddler. He was just so loving, he would come into my room and be like, you’re so beautiful sissy, always giving people compliments,” his sister, Alexis Cloonan said.

Aiden's mom was driving Aiden to his kindergarten class as he was strapped into his booster seat on the rear passenger side when someone shot through the trunk, striking Aiden in the back. 

“She didn’t know it was a gunshot that was fired, until she heard my little brother saying his stomach hurt. She had to hold him while he was dying. No mother should have to go through that,” Cloonan said.

Cloonan says her mother told her the driver of a white Volkswagen cut her off.

CHP stated the road rage incident that turned tragically deadly on the 55 Freeway north occurred about eight this morning.

Police are searching for the shooter. Vikki Vargas reports for the NBC4 News on Friday, May 21, 2021.

As investigators search for clues, a community is mourning with a family suffering an unthinkable loss.

“This is a single mom with two kids, she’s broken, and she’s going to need help,” said Aiden’s aunt, Carol Ybanez.

“I just want them to know what they took from the world today, what they took from my family. A little child of happiness. We’re never going to be full again,” Cloonan said.

The CHP says there are Caltrans cameras here, but they’re not sure if they were recording.  

They are urging everyone who was on the 55 Freeway Friday morning near Orange about 8 a.m. to please think about what you may have heard and saw. 

The family has set up a GoFundMe account.

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