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Funeral service to be held for 6-year-old boy killed on 55 Freeway in Orange

The family of Aiden Leos will hold a funeral service on Saturday, June 5 for the 6-year-old boy who was shot to death in a suspected road-rage attack on the 55 Freeway in Orange.

The private ceremony is scheduled to begin at noon and will be live-streamed to the public. Those attending are expected to include friends, public officials and reward donors.

The funeral program will include two quotes from Aiden: “My birthday wish is for everybody to be happy,” and Daddy’s the King, Mommy’s the Beautiful Princess, and I’m the Prince.”

Aiden, a resident of Costa Mesa, was riding in the back seat on May 21 as his mother,  Joanna Cloonan, drove him to kindergarten at Calvary Chapel Yorba Linda.

The California Highway Patrol said that after a dispute between Cloonan and the occupants of another vehicle, a male passenger fired at Cloonan near Chapman Avenue. The shot pierced the trunk and Aiden’s booster seat, entering his back.

Aiden’s death prompted an outpouring of grief, anger, support and money, which has funded a reward now totaling at least $500,000 for information on the shooter. The vehicle was last seen on the eastbound 91 Freeway at McKinley Avenue in Riverside, authorities said.

There were no new details on the investigation Friday afternoon, said Officer Florentino Olivera, a CHP spokesman.

Anyone with information about the suspect or the involved vehicle was asked to contact the CHP’s Santa Ana office at 714 567-6000 or email santaanachptipline@chp.ca.gov.

 


Source: Orange County Register

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