Update: June 6, 11:45 a.m.
A GoFundMe page established for the Thomas family has raised more than $40,000 in its first day. You can visit the page by clicking here.
“Fitz was a bright light at school to all and a good friend to my sons,” one donater wrote. “We enjoyed his company at our home and on our basketball court. I am deeply saddened by his loss and grieve for his family. #flyhighfitz”
Update: June 5, 10:01 a.m.
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the drowning that claimed the life of 16-year-old Fitz Thomas on Thursday.
Authorities say the LCSO responded to the River Creek community in Leesburg to assist Loudoun County Fire and Rescue personnel for an unresponsive person in the water around 6:15 p.m.
Thomas and his friends were reportedly swimming across the confluence of Goose Creek and the Potomac River on June 4. As they crossed the water, Thomas's friends observed him go underwater, according to the LCSO. They attempted to search for him, and he was pulled from the river after being underwater for a period of time before he was located.
Thomas was taken by rescue personnel to Inova Loudoun Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Original report: June 4, 9:59 p.m.
A 16-year-old local boy has died after reportedly drowning near the River Creek community in Leesburg.
Multiple sources, including Loudoun County Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large), say the deceased is Fitz Thomas, son of prominent Loudoun County activist and Loudoun NAACP President Michelle Thomas.
Loudoun County Fire and Rescue has not provided an update on the incident since a 7:37 p.m. email that stated, "The medic unit from Leesburg is transporting one patient to Lansdowne. Patient status is not known at this time."
No additional details about the incident have been provided by authorities.
This is a Times-Mirror news alert. Check back to LoudounTimes.com for more information as it becomes available.