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Mom of Aiden Leos, 6, Speaks Out after the Boy Is Killed in a Road Rage Shooting

Junie Sihlangu
May 24, 2021
10:20 A.M.

Last week, a mother lost her young child in a road rage incident in California. She’s since spoken up for the first time about the freeway incident that has changed her life forever.


On Friday morning, May 21, 2021, Joanna Cloonan drove her son Aiden Leos, 6, to school on the 55 freeway in Orange in Southern California. The little boy was seated in a booster seat in the vehicle.

According to authorities, a person in a newer white sedan model, that might’ve been a Volkswagen, shot at Joanna’s car. Little Aiden was struck by a bullet in the backseat and had to be rushed to a hospital.

Two police officers wearing their police gear while walking in the street | Photo: Shutterstock/Mademoiselle N

Two police officers wearing their police gear while walking in the street | Photo: Shutterstock/Mademoiselle N

Sadly, the little boy was pronounced dead later. On Saturday, Joanna and other family members gathered together to hold a memorial for Aiden. It was held on the Walnut Avenue overpass near the site of the incident.

People brought flowers, balloons, stuffed animals, and more to leave behind to express their condolences. The deceased’s family shared their gratitude for all the support from the community.


Joanna spoke up for the first time on Monday, asking for justice in her son’s case. The devastated parent noted how the incident wasn’t okay and wanted those involved to know this.

The family has used some of the money to help solve the case by offering a $50,000 reward…

She said this type of thing should never happen again. Aiden’s mother mourned how his life had been taken away from her and described him as a precious, beautiful, and kind person who was killed for no reason.


Joanna was the only other person in the vehicle at the time of the 8 a.m. incident, but she was not injured. She shared how her son had meant the world to her and that he was her baby, adding:

“It feels like my life is over."


Aiden’s mother confessed that she’d never thought a pain like the loss of her child could ever exist. Alexis Cloonan, Aiden’s sister, shared how so much had been taken from her family concerning the death, noting:

"My mom will never be full again. Over nothing.”

Aiden's grandmother, Mary Cloonan, remembered him as a blessing and said the loss was unspeakable. Authorities believe it was a road-rage incident involving two suspects, a woman and a man.

Two GoFundMe accounts have since been created to assist Aiden's mother and father. The family has used some of the money to help solve the case by offering a $50,000 reward for information that will lead to an arrest.

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