MIAMI (CBS4) – As the family of missing University of Florida student Christian Aguilar waits for confirmation regarding remains found in a rural, wooded hunting club on Friday, his friends and relatives gathered for a concert in his honor.
“This one is for you buddy,” Roger Sanchez said before he performed at the Florida International School of Music Sunday night. “Music really brings everyone together in times of need and it’s such a good thing to help and benefit the Aguilar family.”
Those in attendance were still coming to terms with the fact that remains found Friday may belong to the missing Doral Academy graduate
“I’ve always had that glimmer of hope until they actually had the body, but I still feel like he’s in really good hands,” Suanay Hernandez said. “What better hands are there than God’s hands?”
Hernandez was Christian’s classmate at Doral Academy. She planned the benefit concert to raise money for the Aguilars.
“I just want the best for his family,” Hernandez said through tears.
While his parents remain in Gainesville, Aguilar’s uncle and other relatives did make it to the show.
“It’s amazing how they come together and give us the support and love,” Diego Aguilar said.
Christian’s loved ones watched from the balcony as 19 acts, ranging from singers and rappers to dancers, took the stage as a tribute to their nephew, cousin and grandson.
“He’s always making jokes. He’s always smiling,” Diego Aguilar said. “Doesn’t matter what happened in the family, he always been the happiest one.”
Roger Sanchez was the fifth act to perform.
“We won’t give up the fight, we’ll search all day and night, ’til you come back, come back home,” Sanchez sang.
Sanchez wrote that song four days after Christian disappeared.
“I wanted that song to represent how everyone in Doral Academy really felt through that really tough week and all those buses filled with students going up to Gainesville trying to find him,” Sanchez explained.
While that search has been called off and some of that hope is lost, the Aguilars’ faith and gratitude does not waver.
“Thanks to God who accompanies us as a family,” Diego Aguilar said. “Thank you everybody.”
The goal was to raise $4,000 at the concert.
A donation website set up in Aguilar’s name has raised nearly $12,000 so far.
The hope is to reach $50,000 by November.