Missing Lorain man found dead known for contagious smile and loving his family

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LORAIN, Ohio (WJW) – The family of a man whose body was found Sunday in Lake Erie spoke to the media on Friday about their loss.

Nathan Orona, 20, and Alaina Camacho, 18, were last seen Feb. 1 at Orona’s apartment building on Oneil Boulevard in Lorain.

Orona’s body was recovered from the lake near Hot Waters Marina in Lorain on Sunday. The following day, Camacho’s car was pulled from Lake Erie with her body still inside.

Evelyn Orona, Nathan’s mother, said it started out as a normal hangout between the two friends, but she knew in her heart something was wrong when he didn’t come home.

Alaina Camacho and Nathan Orona

Investigators said they believe the deaths were accidental, although they are still waiting on event data from a vehicle recorder and results from the autopsies.

“He was very loved by a lot of people and I miss him dearly. And I will always remember him. I’m in disbelief but I know he’s in a better place,” Evelyn Orona said. She said she was sustained by prayers during the search.

Evelyn said Nathan was a fighter and she knows that he tried to return to them.

Waleska Soto, Nathan’s aunt, said he lit up a room and his smile was contagious. She fought back tears as she said she will miss his jokes and his dance moves.

They were surrounded by Nathan’s large family. He was always eager and open to express his love to his family, which his mother called his, “No. 1 priority.” He had nine brothers and sisters.

Evelyn extended her condolences to the Camacho family, and thanked Gina DeJesus, Cleveland Missing and the community.

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