Sister of Aiden Leos 'Hopeful' As Bounty on 6-Year-Old's Killer Quadruples to $200K

A vigil was held on Tuesday night for the 6-year-old boy killed in an apparent road-rage shooting in California.

Aiden Leos was fatally shot in the city of Orange, California, at around 8:00 a.m. local time on Friday, by an individual who was reportedly driving a white Volkswagen station wagon on the 55 Freeway, close to Los Angeles.

The driver of the Volkswagen allegedly cut off the vehicle being driven by the child's mother, Joanna Cloonan, who said she reacted by flipping them off.

When Cloonan moved the vehicle into another lane on the freeway, a gunman sitting in the back of the station wagon allegedly opened fire on the car, and a bullet struck the child in the back.

"It was an isolated road rage incident between the mom and another driver from a white sedan," California Highway Patrol Officer Florentino Olivera told Los Angeles news station KTLA-TV.

On Tuesday evening, just a few days after his death, Aiden's family gathered for a vigil on the overpass of the 55 Freeway, where the 6-year-old was fatally shot.

"I'm just thankful my brother gets to have a funeral as beautiful as he is," Aiden's sister Alexis Cloonan said while surrounded by relatives, according to The Orange County Register.

"I've been reading all of the comments people have been leaving, and it's crazy to me that strangers can be so caring," she said. "My mom reads all of the comments too—it makes her smile."

The Register reported that the vigil was attended by family members and five people from the local community. Messages written on the wall of the overpass read: "Justice for Aiden" and "you are missed Lil one."

Carla Lacy, reportedly the child's step-grandmother, announced at the vigil that a reward being offered to help identify the shooter had quadrupled from the $50,000 initially set aside on Sunday from money raised on a GoFundMe page to assist the family.

"The reward has been increased to $200,000 as of tonight. This $200,000 is for the arrest and conviction of the man and the woman that took Aiden's life," Lacy said.

On Monday, Orange County Supervisor Don Wagner said that he would match the family's funds, while Supervisor Katrina Foley promised another $50,000 on Tuesday, according to The Los Angeles Times.

The Orange County Board of Supervisors said on Tuesday it had approved $100,000 as a reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the boy's fatal shooting, bringing the total reward at that time to $150,000.

In a tweet following his donation, Wagner wrote: "The Board approved the $50,000 award from my office budget to arrest and convict the killer of Aiden Leos. Let's get justice for his family and our devastated community."

The reward then rose by another $50,000 later on Tuesday, bringing the total to $200,000, as an anonymous donor also matched the original figure.

Speaking at the vigil, Aiden's sister said that she thinks her brother's killer will be caught, saying: "There were so many witnesses on the freeway. Someone will speak up. I'm hopeful."

Newsweek has contacted the California Highway Patrol and Lacy for comment.

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Aiden Leos (centre) died after being shot while being driven by his mother on State Route 55 in Orange. A $50,000 reward has been set up by the family to help identify the shooter. GoFundMe