Trial of Pedro Bravo Set To Begin Monday
GAINESVILLE - A Florida family is seeking closure through justice. The trial for the University of Florida student, Christian Aguilar who went missing for 22 days in Gainesville, starts Monday. Here is a timeline of events in the weeks following Aguilar's disappearance.
The Best Buy on Archer Road in Gainesville was the last time UF student, Christian Aguilar was seen alive. Surveillance video from the store confirms that both aguilar and Bravo were together on September 20th, 2012, the date Aguilar went missing.
The families of these two young men have one thing in common, a murder trial. "The most important part of this case is justice and it has not been delivered," said Carlos Aguilar. The Aguilar family sent their son, Christian Aguilar off to be part of UF's College of Engineering. However the last thing they expected was for him to die. "It's like a never-ending nightmare, it's terrifying," said Erika Friman, Christian Aguilar’s girlfriend.
"I want the community to remember my son was a dedicated student, he wanted to be a doctor because he wanted to save lives. that's why i am honoring his way of living and the way he wanted to be remembered," Carlos said.
On September 20th, 2012 Aguilar went missing. Law enforcement, friends, family and volunteers held a massive search involving hundreds of people for about three weeks. "The importance right now is finding my son, finding that he is alive," Carlos said.
The last time Aguilar was seen out in public was at the Best Buy in Gainesville with his childhood friend, Pedro Bravo. Both were from Miami and attended Doral Academy Charter High School. According to police reports, when Bravo was questioned he initially stated that the two had gotten into an argument over Erika Friman, Bravo's ex-girlfriend and the same girl Aguilar was dating at the time.
"Somebody was jealous that my son was living the dream that he couldn't have," Carlos said. A receipt and surveillance video show that bravo bought a shovel and duct tape four days before Aguilar's disappearance. "I already know I have to prepare my family for everything," Carlos said.
On September 28th, 2012 Bravo was booked into the Alachua County Jail. Later blood was found inside Bravo’s SUV and Aguilar’s backpack was located in his closet. A grand jury indicted him on capital murder and kidnapping. Carlos said, "I think if he needs to face death penalty, that's what he needs to face. the case is strong enough to know that Pedro committed a premeditated murder, first of all… second of all, he poisoned my son and thirdly he suffocated my son."
Aguilar’s body was found by hunters in a wooded area in Levy County on October 12th 2012. "The criminals can appeal all the time because they feel, it's not a proper trial but the victims only have one chance to put these people behind bars. only one chance, we cannot appeal," Carlos said.
The Aguilar family is not giving any interviews until after jury selection. We will be at the Alachua County Courthouse, covering Bravo's trial from gavel to gavel starting Monday.
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