WUFT News

Christian Aguilar honored at memorial service

By on October 16th, 2012

The search for University of Florida student Christian Aguilar is over.

A memorial service was held Monday at the St. Augustine Church for the 18-year-old freshman, whose remains were positively identified that day. About 150 people attended the event.

Christian’s father, Carlos Aguilar, thanked the people who helped search for his son throughout the weeks he was missing.

“My son is blessed by the amount of people that came out and searched for him,” he said.

He said his prayers for finding his son have been answered, but that he is left with insecurities about the safety of the rest of his family.

Once he and his family have had time to cope, Aguilar said, they will begin seeking justice for Christian’s death.

UF President Bernie Machen spoke at the event, as did Vice President for Student Affairs Dave Kratzer.

Dean of the College of Engineering Cammy Abernathy also spoke. Christian was a biomedical engineering major during his time at UF.

At the end of the service, the lights in the church were turned off and people held candles in memory of Christian.

Katherine Hahn edited this story online.


This entry was posted in Crime, Florida, University of Florida and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Crime

Grooveshark Co-Founder Dead At 28

Josh Greenberg, co-founder of Grooveshark, was found dead on Sunday by his girlfriend. Officer Ben Tobias from the Gainesville Police Department said investigators did not find any evidence of foul play or trauma when reporting to the scene.


Dwayne Officer

Panama City Beach Man Arrested In Connection To String Of Local Burglaries

A Panama City Beach man accused of breaking into dozens of business across the state of Florida was arrested and is currently being held at the Bay County Jail under a $975,000 bond. Dwayne Bruce Officer, 43, is suspected of breaking into 20 Gainesville businesses the night of June 8.


donald_trucklock

Sexual Battery Victim Comes Forward After 40 Years

An Alachua County man was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with sexual battery on a child under 12 years old. Donald Truluck, 66, reportedly admitted to molesting the victim 40 years ago.


Henri Belleville

UFPD Officer Arrested On Suspected Child Abuse Charge

UFPD officer Henri Belleville placed on administrative leave after arrest was made by Alachua County Sheriff’s office.


audie jackson

Man Arrested For Holding Woman Hostage, Fatally Shooting 5 Dogs

Levy County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man who shot five dogs in the head. Investigators also determined the man held a woman hostage.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments