One day after the mother of the 6-year-old boy killed in a road-rage shooting pleaded for justice at his memorial service, two people were arrested in connection with the boy’s death.
The California Highway Patrol said Marcus Anthony Eriz, 24, and Wynne Lee, 23, were taken into custody Sunday outside their home in Costa Mesa and are expected to be charged with murder.
The fatal shooting of Aiden Leos, 6, occurred May 21 on State Route 55 in the city of Orange after Aiden’s mother, Joanna Cloonan, reported being cut off as she was driving her son to kindergarten.
According to Cloonan and those who stopped to help her, Cloonan made a hand gesture to the car that cut her off, which then drove behind her, and someone fired into the car. Aiden, who was sitting in the back seat, was shot in the abdomen and later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
“She had to hold her little boy as he died,” Aiden’s sister, Alexis Cloonan, said of the boy’s mother immediately after the shooting.
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“On behalf of Border Division Chief Omar Watson, and the Santa Ana Area, we are deeply grateful for the professionalism and tireless commitment of our investigators who have worked on this case from day one to find those responsible for Aiden’s death,” said California Highway Patrol Commissioner Amanda Ray.
Eriz and Lee were being held in Orange County jail both on $1 million bails. They are both to appear in court Tuesday. It was unclear whether they had attorneys who could speak on their behalf, and their relationship was not immediately known.
At the memorial service, Cloonan said her son brought a “insurmountable” joy to her life.
“My heart melted every time he laughed and did the silly things he would do, such as breaking out into full dance mode every time he heard a song or when he would talk in silly voices,” she said.
Even though he could barely pronounce it, Aiden knew he wanted to become an entomologist one day, Cloonan added.
“I want nothing more than to find justice,” Cloonan said. “Although it won’t bring you back into our arms it makes me outraged that such a precious, beautiful soul did not get the opportunity to continue developing into a young man and starting a family of his own one day while accomplishing his heart’s desires.”
Contributing: Christine Fernando and Steven Vargas, USA TODAY; The Associated Press