Community outrage and support has led the family of a slain boy to offer a reward for information leading to the capture of his killer. KTLA reported on the tragedy and the response.
The mother was taking her son to school when a white Volkswagen station wagon cut her off on northbound 55 near Chapman Avenue. She made a gesture at the car. Then the station wagon pulled behind her and fired at least one shot into the vehicle, striking the boy.
The mother merged away from the area, but didn’t know her six-year-old son was shot until he complained his stomach hurt and she noticed the blood. She rushed him to the hospital where he died.
A fundraiser was started to pay for the boy’s funeral expenses, but the support from the community far surpassed their needs. Now the family is offering a reward using the extra money for any information leading to the arrest of the people who did this.
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The California Highway Patrol is also asking for witnesses. They want to speak to anyone who has video taken on northbound 55 near the 22 Freeway and Chapman between 7:15 and 8:15 a.m. last Friday. Anyone with information is urged to call CHP’s Santa Ana office at 714-567-6000, or 800-TELL-CHP. Tips can also be emailed to Santaanachptipline@chp.ca.gov.
We wish to extend our sincere condolences to the family of the slain child, and hope his killers are brought to justice.