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The father of University of Florida teenager Christian Aguilar, whose remains were found by hunters in Lee County, was admitted to a hospital for "stress anxiety," Carlos Aguilar posted on his Facebook page Sunday.
In the post, he said the Baptist Hospital stay kept him from updating his son's webpages.
"I'm doing much better due to your prayers," he wrote. "Thank you all for your support. God Bless you All."
Christian Aguilar’s remains were found in Levy County last week by hunters at the Gulf Hammock Hunting Club, east of Cedar Key.
The remains were found six miles off paved road with blue Vans shoes, duct tape and blue jeans, according to reports.
"It looked like somebody tried to bury it, unsuccessfully,’’ The Miami Herald reported Fred Oliver, a volunteer with the sheriff’s office, as saying. "They saw the skull, realized it was face down, and they realized it was not an animal.’’
The funeral mass and burial for Christian Aguilar will be held Tuesday in Miami.
A funeral mass open to the public is scheduled for 1 p.m. at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church at 5909 NW 7 St. The student’s private burial will be held at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery.
Pedro Bravo, the former classmate of Christian Aguilar indicted in his murder, will plead not guilty to first-degree murder, a public defender announced Saturday.
Public Defender Stacy Scott said her office planned to file a not-guilty plea on Bravo's behalf.
The family requested a public defender because it doesn't have the money to hire a private attorney for a potentially lengthy trial, his previous lawyer said.
“They’re a family of modest means,” Ron Kozlowski was quoted as saying by the Gainesville Sun. “They simply don’t have the funds to hire private counsel in what is potentially going to be a long road. This has been a tough case from the beginning all the way around. We feel horrible for the Aguilar family and the Bravo family. We hope they all can eventually find some peace.”