California Baptist University student Orlando Prado died Friday, Nov. 8, at the age of 20, and is fondly remembered by his family, friends and the campus community.
Prado, sophomore pre-mechanical engineering major, was described by those close to him as someone who continually showed kindness and cared for everyone around him. He is remembered for his engaging stories, upbeat personality and kind, encouraging spirit.
A Riverside native, Prado was a soccer coach and program leader at Mission Middle School in Jurupa Valley. Those in the progam said his dedication to the students left a lasting impact on everyone in which he came in contact.
Sebastian Prado, senior computer science major and cousin of Prado, said his cousin was like a brother to him.
“He always thought of others before thinking of himself and he had a smile that would brighten up this world. He was the hope in so many people,” Sebastian Prado said. “We hope that he is watching over us, protecting us. He will live forever in our hearts and memories.”
Nea Prado, the 15-year-old younger sister of Orlando Prado, recalled fond memories of working on their soccer skills together, his motivational jokes and him telling her that anything can be done and how to succeed.
Orlando Prado will be remembered for being a light that brightened up the room, Sebastian Prado said. No matter what, he would always have a smile on his face, spreading joy and cheer to everyone that was around him.
“Thank you for sharing all these memories with me. I’ll never ever forget you big brother. I wish I was there to give you a big hug and tell you that I love you one last time, cry on your shoulder, and tell you that you matter,” Nea Prado said.
Sebastian Prado also encouraged people to appreciate their loved ones.
“Hug them and tell them you love them because life is short and we need to appreciate every second with the people around us,” Sebastian Prado said.
Dr. John Montgomery, CBU dean of Spiritual Life, encouraged students who have lost someone close to them to talk about it with others they are close to.
“CBU Students should be aware that the CBU Counseling Center can equip them to process grief healthily,” Montgomery said.
Counseling services are available for students or other members of the CBU community through the CBU Counseling Center, located in the Wellness Center on the Health Science Campus at 3626 Monroe St.
The CBU administration, faculty and staff ask that students keep the Prado family in their prayers during this difficult time.