DORAL (CBSMiami) — A benefit concert will be held Sunday evening at FIU in honor of Christian Aguilar, the University of Florida freshman who vanished last month.
Aguilar’s family and friends received grim news that 18-year old’s body might have been found by hunters in a wooded section about 60 miles from Gainesville on Friday afternoon. The remains were wearing the same clothes Aguilar was last seen in. The Medical Examiner said they should know by Tuesday if the remains are in fact those of Aguilar.
Saturday evening hundreds of people gathered for a candlelight vigil and fundraiser at J.C. Bermudez Park in Doral.
After the sun went down candles flickered and tears fell as they prayed and reminisced about a young man gone too soon.
“It is a release, but it’s also painful,” said Diego Aguilar, Christian’s uncle. “I can not express more than that.”
Many of the people who came out to help raise money for the Aguilar family had been to Gainesville over the past three weeks to help in the search for the missing college freshman.
“Part of me wants to like just break down and cry, but the other part of me thinks about how many people haven’t been found and I feel lucky that we actually did find him,” said Natalie Ramos, a family friend.
Stephanie Rincon also cried thinking about the loss and the labor of love she and many others performed scouring the woods for Christian.
“At the end of the day I’d rather have closure,” said Rincon. “I’d rather have the family know you have your angel back, you have your firebird back, you have him you know you can give him a good farewell. We have the answer. That’s what they wanted.”
Aguilar and his friend Pedro Bravo were last seen together walking into a Best Buy on Sept. 20th, the night Aguilar disappeared.
The following Saturday, Bravo, 18, was named a person of interest in the case.
Police said he told them he beat up Christian and then left him in a parking lot.
On Friday, September 28th, police charged Bravo with Aguilar’s murder.
Sunday night’s concert at FIU’s School of Music will begin at 7 p.m.