Coast District Board Adjourns Meeting
in Memory of Aiden Leos
For Immediate Release: June 18, 2021

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The Board of Trustees adjourned its meeting on June 16, 2021, in memory of six-year-old Aiden Leos – offering compassion to his family, calling for justice, and ensuring that his name will always be part of the Coast Community College District's record.

Board President Jim Moreno read the following motion:

I would make the motion that we adjourn this evening in memory of six-year-old Aiden Leos, a life of endless potential cut short by an evil act of violence on the 55 freeway. Aiden was simply being driven to kindergarten. Reflect on that a moment.

We in education are fortunate to see what so many young people have the ability and strength to become. This child will never have that opportunity. As family and friends mourn the beautiful life Aiden was, we all mourn the beautiful life that might have been shared with our community if not for the monstrous choice to shoot at the car he was traveling in on his way to school.

Suspects have been arrested, and I will not give them the acknowledgment of even saying their names. Justice should be served to greatest extent possible under our legal system of due process. Nothing can undo their evil choices that day, justice is all that remains.

With that, I offer my compassion for the family and the assurance that Aiden's name will be forever be part of our Board's record.

The motion was adopted unanimously.

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The Coast Community College District is located in Orange County and is among the largest districts in the United States. The District's three colleges – Coastline College, Golden West College, and Orange Coast College – provide traditional degree and transfer opportunities, career and technical training, basic skills, English as a Second Language, and other community programs. Thanks to the Measure M community bond funding approved by voters in 2012, the Coast Colleges are in the midst of a $698 million revitalization of educational and student support infrastructure.

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