Morbidology the Podcast – 40: Christian Aguilar

23rd March 2020  •  5 min read

or any parent – no matter the age of their child – one of the worst things that they can experience is their child going missing. In Gainesville, Florida, the Aguilar family experienced this emotional roller coaster when their son, Christian Aguilar, vanished. They were held captive by the uncertainty of Christians faith but still…


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For any parent – no matter the age of their child – one of the worst things that they can experience is their child going missing. The not knowing is arguably more traumatizing than knowing that they aren’t coming home. It’s an open wound, so to speak, that never really heals. One minute, they could feel a glimmer of hope but then within an instant, that hope can evaporate and its place, they could feel a depth of despair. In Gainesville, Florida, the Aguilar family experienced this emotional roller coaster when their son, Christian Aguilar, vanished. They were held captive by the uncertainty of Christians faith but still held on to the hope that Christian would be coming home.


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SOURCES –

The Gainesville Sun, 22 September, 2012 – “Foul Play Suspected in Disappearance of UF Student”

The Gainesville Sun, 23 September, 2012 – “Person of Interest Named in Missing Student Case”

The Gainesville Sun, 24 September, 2012 – “Family, Friends Search Roadway for Missing UF Student”

The Gainesville Sun, 24 September, 2012 – “Arrest Made in Case of Missing UF Student” 

The Miami Herald, 24 September, 2012 – “Search Continues for Miami-Dade Teen Missing near UF”

News & Politics Examiner, 24 September, 2012 – “Search for Missing UF Student Who May Be Injured”

The Gainesville Sun, 25 September, 2012 – “Search for Missing Student Centered in Southwest Gainesville”

Associated Press, 26 September, 2012 – “Suspect in Missing UF Student had Shovel”

The Gainesville Sun, 26 September, 2012 – “Suspect in Missing Student Case Bought Shovel, Duct Tape”

The Miami Herald, 26 September, 2012 – “Grim News for Searchers of Missing UF Student Christian Aguilar”

Lodi News-Sentinel, 27 September, 2012 – “Missing Florida Student: A Father’s Prayers, a Painful Wait”

The  Gainesville Sun, 28 September, 2012 – “Police Ask for Public’s Help in Search for Missing Student”

FOX – 8 WGHP, 29 September, 2012 – “Missing Florida Student’s Backpack Found at Suspect’s Home”

The Gainesville Sun, 4 October, 2012 – “Volunteers No Longer Needed in Aguilar Case”

The Nova Southeastern University, 11 October, 2012 – “A Family Searched for their Son”

The Gainesville Sun, 12 October, 2012 – “Police Find Likely Remains of Missing UF Student”

The Gainesville Sun, 13 October, 2012 – “UF Student’s Dad Says He Believes Body Found is Son”

The Miami Herald, 13 October, 2012 – “Hunters Who Found Possible Remains of Missing UF Student Christian Aguilar Knew Immediately it was Human”

The Miami Herald, 15 October, 2012 – “Christian Aguilar Identified Through Dental Records”

The Gainesville Sun, 23 October, 2012 – “For Aguilar’s Family and Friends, Fond Memories Amid the Tears”

The Miami Herald, 23 October, 2012 – “Christian Aguilar is Laid to Rest Surrounded by Family, Friends and Others Touched by his Life”

The Miami Herald, 15 November, 2012 – “Christian Aguilar was Poisoned”

The University of Florida, 23 January, 2012 – “Aguilars Watch Bravo Appear in Court”

The Miami Herald, 2 August, 2014 – “Trial of a Friend Accused of Killing Miami Teen Christian Aguilar Set to Begin”

Associated Press, 5 August, 2014 – “Man Planned UF Student’s Killing”

The Gainesville Sun, 5 August, 2014 – “Aguilar’s Parents, Girlfriend Testify as Murder Trial Gets Underway”

The Gainesville Sun, 5 August, 2014 – “I Am a Monster For Hurting Aguilar”

The Miami Herald, 6 August, 2014 – “Dark Portrait of Accused Killer of UF Student Emerges”

The Independent Florida Alligator, 7 August, 2014 – “Pedro Bravo Case Continues With  Friends and Family Taking the Stand”

The Gainesville Sun, 11 August, 2014 – “Aguilar was Alive When he Dropped Him Off”

ABS – 2 WSB, 12 August, 2014 – “Murder Suspect Asked Siri How to Hide Body”

Associated Press, 13 August, 2014 – “Murder Suspect Detailed Killing Student”

Associated Press, 14 August, 2014 – “Murder Suspect Testifies He Last Saw Victim Alive”

The Gainesville Sun, 14 August, 2014 – “Brave Says he Planned to Kill Himself, and Didn’t Kill Aguilar”

The Gainesville Sun, 15 August, 2014 – “Jury Convicts Bravo of First Degree Murder”

AUDIO SOURCES –

Oxygen – Criminal Confessions

WUFT 5 – Christian Aguilar

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