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Man pulled from Mendota Canal, mourned by family. He was ‘charismatic, loving person’

A fisherman whose body was recovered from a Fresno County canal last week was known to suffer from seizures, the Fresno County coroner’s office said.

Jose Jairo Romero, 23, was fishing at the Mendota Pool Park off Bass Avenue before he went missing around 9:15 p.m. on May 21, the coroner said.

His girlfriend reported him missing, Fresno County deputies said. He was known to have seizures and she feared he had fallen into the water while fishing.

A rescue team searched for him but called off the search because it was too dark, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said.

The search resumed the next morning and his body was discovered around 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, officers said. His death was not considered suspicious by deputies.

Jairo Romero’s brother Michael has set up a GoFundMe page to help the family pay for his funeral, according to the fundraising site.

“My brother was a charismatic, loving person who was loved by many,” Michael Romero wrote. “We appreciate all the love and support during this difficult time.”

The family had raised more than $10,000 by Tuesday.

The body of Jose Jairo Romero, 23, of Mendota was recovered from a canal around Bass Avenue near Helm Canal Road, the Fresno County coroner's office said.The body of Jose Jairo Romero, 23, of Mendota was recovered from a canal around Bass Avenue near Helm Canal Road, the Fresno County coroner's office said.

The body of Jose Jairo Romero, 23, of Mendota was recovered from a canal around Bass Avenue near Helm Canal Road, the Fresno County coroner’s office said.

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