Edison High School Senior identified as drowning victim

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Neng Thao has been identified as the 18-year-old man who drowned in the San Joaquin River Saturday afternoon, according to his family.

NORTHWEST FRESNO, Calif. – Neng Thao has been identified as the 18-year-old man who drowned in the San Joaquin River Saturday afternoon, according to his family.

Thao was set to graduate as valedictorian from Edison High School on June 5 and was bound for U.C. Berkeley in the fall.

According to a GoFundMe page the family set-up, Neng was at the river celebrating his older brother’s graduation from Fresno State.

If you would like to donate to Thao’s family head to the GoFundMe page.

In an Instagram post Sunday, the City of Fresno said, Mayor Lee Brand had recently reappointed Thao to the City’s Youth Commission.

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