Three Years After Sebastian Ochsenius Is Killed, Best Friend Speaks Up
GAINESVILLE - It's the unsolved mystery of a Gainesville student murdered in his own home three years ago. Police believe someone broke into the house, but that suspect left no trace or evidence behind. We have an exclusive interview with his best friend who was with him just moments before he was killed.
Minutes before his murder, Sebastian Ochsenius was playing video games with his best friend, a life-long friend, as the two had known each other since first grade. Never did Brian Hull think his best friend's last breaths would be at the young age of sixteen. What happened in the house the night of June 29th, 2010, is still a mystery today.
"I live continuously with a pit in my stomach." A pain that Sebastian Ochsenius' brother, Boris Ochsenius says won't ever go away. A pain shared, not only by family members but friends as well, especially his best friend. Hull and Sebastian were neighbors who had known each other since the first grade. You can say they had been together through the good and the bad.
They had also been together through the last moments of Sebastian's life. On June 29th, 2010, they were both up late playing video games in Sebastian's room when Sebastian left to check something in the computer in the next room. Deputies say he walked in on an unknown intruder, who was in his kitchen, as he had entered the home through the back sliding glass door that was left open. After hearing multiple gunshots, Hull said he did not run out of the room. "Gunshots are scary for a 16 year old kid and so I just stayed in the room while his parents went out," Hull said.
Hull said the two friends had been together every step of the way and that he remembers him everyday. He still cannot believe his buddy missed their high school graduation. "I am still here and my best friend was murdered all the way back then. His life was cut so short and mine wasn't, that's what I was thinking about the whole time at graduation," Hull said.
Boris said the family made a promise to his brother, one that they intend to keep. "We just need to find this killer. It is not a want, it's a need. There's a need for it so we can sleep at night," Boris said.
The family says there is one thing that they haven't lost and that's hope. They’re posting flyers all over town offering a reward to anyone that can lead them to the killer. Hull said, "I feel for them [the family] because I lost a best friend and I can't imagine what it's like to lose a son or a brother... So I feel for them."
In order to help bring some closure to this family, you are encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at 352-372-7867 (STOP) if you have any information on the case. For more information visit the website: Justice For Sebastian.
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