Alliyah Vanae Leonard was born as the youngest child to Jacqueline Thornton and the fourth child to Louis Van Leonard on October 17, 1995 in San Diego, California. Alliyah knew the Lord and that the Lord loved her. She was a free spirit that knew how to love unconditionally and outside the box. Alliyah grew up in San Diego where she received most of her formal education before moving to Oceanside, CA, and later to Escondido, CA, before finally settling down in San Marcos, CA.
Alliyah had many accomplishments, including obtaining her Associates Degree in General Education and being accepted into Cal State San Marcos in order to further her education by majoring in Social Work. She was also a member of the Youth Board of San Diego, an outreach program that focused on providing assistance to homeless teens. She also loved to go skateboarding and lifting weights in her personal time.
Alliyah was called home on August 20, 2019, at the tender age of twenty-three. She was a beloved daughter, sister, aunt, niece, and granddaughter. Alliyah leaves behind her life long memories to be remembered and cherished by, her mother Jacqueline Thornton, and father Louis Leonard; three brothers Lorenzo Leonard (Cahokia, Illinois), Maleik Leonard (San Diego), and Shugga Free Leonard (San Diego); nine sisters Amber Miles (San Diego), Cherrikka Leonard (Cahokia, IL), Kimetria Leonard (San Diego), Shakella Leonard (San Diego), Talia Leonard (Centreville, IL) Tabitha Cruz (San Diego), Tyrin Leonard (San Diego), Keyona Leonard (San Diego), and Aaliyah Leonard (San Diego). Alliyah also leaves behind many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, her partner Elizabeth, and friends that were both special and cherished by her.