Guided by police, the funeral procession for Christian Aguilar made its way down NE 7th Street to Saint Dominic's Catholic Church on Tuesday. Mourners Isabel Martinez and Daniel Rodriguez shared their thoughts.
Candles Lit at Christian Aguilar's Memorial Service in Gainesville
Each candle lit represented a life that Christian Aguilar, 18, touched in his short time at the University of Florida. Carlos Aguilar, University of Florida President J. Bernard Machen, and UF students Angel Hernandez, David Easley and Alyssa Egnew spoke about Christian Aguilar.
Authorities say the 18-year-old had been last seen with Pedro Bravo, his friend and former classmate at Doral Preparatory High School, on Sept. 20 at a Gainesville Best Buy.
Police arrested and initially charged Bravo, also 18, with depriving a crime victim of medical care, but he was later charged with murder after police say they found blood in Bravo's SUV and found Aguilar's backpack hidden inside a suitcase in Bravo's closet.
Authorities also said Bravo bought a shovel and roll of duct tape days before the student vanished. Bravo will file a not-guilty plea, his attorney said last week.