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ORANGE (CBSLA) – A 6-year-old boy who was killed during a freeway road rage shooting last month will receive a special plaque in his honor at the Orange County Zoo, officials announced Thursday.

An undated photo of 6-year-old Aiden Leos, who was killed in a road rage shooting on the 55 Freeway in the city of Orange on May 21, 2021.

(Credit: Leos family)

The plaque, when its complete, will be placed in the zoo’s new Large Mammal Exhibit, which is still under construction, Orange County Supervisor Don Wagner said in a news release.

A briefing to announce the dedication plans will be held at the zoo Friday morning, with Aiden’s family in attendance. Wagner said Aiden loved to visit parks with his parents.

On the morning of May 21, Aiden was in a booster seat in the back of his mother’s Chevrolet Sonic, on his way to kindergarten in Yorba Linda, when the shooting incident occurred on the northbound 55 Freeway in the city of Orange.

Joanna Cloonan, Aiden’s mother, was involved in a road rage incident with the occupants of a white Volkswagen station wagon over a perceived unsafe lane change, according to California Highway Patrol.

The suspects, 24-year-old Marcus Anthony Eriz and his girlfriend, 23-year-old Wynne Lee, were arrested outside their Costa Mesa apartment on June 6. Investigators believe Lee was driving the car that was involved in the road rage incident, while Eriz was in the front passenger seat and committed the shooting itself.

Eriz has been charged with murder, while Lee has been charged with being an accessory after the fact.

The small 8-acre Orange County Zoo is located within Irvine Regional Park in the city of Orange.

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Bystanders rescued an 11-year-old boy Thursday when they lifted an SUV off of him after a suspected drunk driver hit him and dragged him a "considerable distance," police said.

According to a report from 9News, the incident occurred at around 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Aurora, Colorado. Police said the boy was riding his bicycle on a southbound sidewalk when he attempted to cross the street using a crosswalk. 

While he was crossing the street on his bike, a GMC Jimmy SUV traveling west struck him, police said, according to 9News. Then, police say, the driver of the vehicle turned right and continued driving, dragging the boy and his bike a "considerable distance" down the road. 

When the driver came to a stop, witnesses said bystanders lifted the vehicle off of the boy and dragged him out from underneath the SUV, according to police.

The boy was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to 9News.

Police arrested 32-year-old Hector Eduardo Garcia on suspected vehicular assault, driving while under the influence of alcohol, driving on a suspended license, and failing to yield the right of way to a pedestrian, according to the report.

It's unclear how he intends to plead or if he's obtained an attorney.

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