Two men in Roseville, Minnesota were tragically killed in an incident early Saturday where the suspected killer, after committing the act, took his own life. Authorities believe hallucinogenic drugs might have been a contributing factor in the attack.
The deceased victims, John Thao and Fong Vang, both 32, were killed by Meng Vang, who lived in the residence where the incident unfolded. A third individual, Nou Xiong, managed to survive after sustaining a critical wound to his throat. According to Xiong, Meng Vang attacked him without provocation. He was able to flee to another room, from where he texted his girlfriend to contact emergency services.
The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s findings reveal that Thao and Fong Vang died from sharp force injuries, with Fong Vang also suffering a gunshot wound. Meng Vang’s death was confirmed as a self-inflicted gunshot. Although the exact motive remains unclear, Deputy Police Chief Joe Adams hinted at the possible influence of hallucinogens.
John Thao, one of the victims, represented the U.S. national team in the Southeast Asian sport of Sepak Takraw. Tributes poured in remembering him as a radiant individual, full of positivity. Jeremy Mirken of Sepak Takraw USA praised Thao’s athletic talent and revealed Thao’s significant role in helping the U.S. team qualify for an international series. Outside the sport, Thao was passionate about cars and acting.
To aid with funeral expenses, a fundraiser has been organized, highlighting the profound grief over Thao’s untimely demise.
Cha Vang, Meng Vang’s brother, expressed his devastation and extended his sympathies to the bereaved families. He emphasized that the men were close friends and believes a substance might have influenced the tragic outcome that night.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, in conjunction with the Roseville Police Department, continues to investigate the incident.