California officials announced Sunday night that a $400,000 reward was available for information leading to the arrest of the suspects involved in a highway shooting that left a 6-year-old boy dead.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, 6-year-old Aiden Leos was sitting in a booster seat in the back of the family’s car on May 21, en route to school at Calvary Chapel Yorba Linda, when a driver cut off Leos’ mother in the carpool lane. That prompted the mother to give the other driver the finger.
Then, as the mother merged into another lane, a passenger believed to have been in the other vehicle fired a gun, striking Aiden. He was pronounced dead a short time later at Children’s Hospital Orange County.
.@OCDAToddSpitzer message to 6 year old Aiden Leos’ killer: “the longer this goes on… the less sympathy I’ll have. You killed a 6 year old boy for God’s sake. Come forward. Turn yourself in.”
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Reward is $400,000
— OCDA Todd Spitzer (@OCDAToddSpitzer) May 31, 2021
Since the shooting, police released a photo of the suspect vehicle, a white 2018 or 2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen with untinted windows. Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said last week that a woman was driving the vehicle and a male passenger pulled the trigger, the OC Register reported.
“You killed a little boy. A little boy who today should be in kindergarten,” Spitzer said at a news conference last Thursday. “You’re going through immense guilt and consternation about what you did, and you don’t know what to do about it.”
“To the woman driver, I would say: ‘You need to turn yourself in. You’re an accomplice,’“ he added.
“It’s time to turn yourself in,” Spitzer said. “It’s time to understand that the longer this goes on, the less sympathetic I will be to understanding why you did what you did.”
Spitzer and Orange County Supervisor Don Wagner both tweeted out the rising reward number. The reward includes $100,000 from the county board of supervisors, $50,000 pooled by Aiden’s family through crowd-funding efforts, and $60,000 from anonymous sources.
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[Featured image: Left: Aiden Leos/handout. Right: Suspect vehicle/California Highway Patrol]