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2 killed in Lake Pleasant canoe rollover were brothers

February 17, 2022 GMT

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say two people who died from hypothermia after their canoe rolled over in Lake Pleasant were brothers.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office identified 22-year-old Arimus Nazareth and 14-year-old Apolo Nazareth as the two fatalities in the weekend incident.

Deputies were dispatched around 10 a.m. Saturday to the south area of the lake near the Waddell Dam.

They said three people were inside the canoe when it rolled over. The brothers were pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities originally reported they had drowned but later determined hypothermia was the cause.

The third person was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to authorities.

Lake Pleasant is a popular destination for fishing, boating, camping and water sports. Investigators say it was windy enough that the canoe could have capsized.


Family members have started a GoFundMe page to pay for funeral services. It has raised more than $14,000 as of Thursday.

Close friends in the Peoria area say younger brother Apolo looked to his older brother as a hero and role model. Arimus Nazareth, meanwhile, was engaged to be married.