Christian Aguilar: Body found in Florida is missing college student, authorities say

Christian Aguilar
CBS Miami
Christian Aguilar
CBS Miami

(CBS/AP) GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Authorities have identified human remains discovered in Levy County last week as those of missing University of Florida student Christian Aguilar.

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Gainesville police reported Monday that dental records were used to positively identify the 18-year-old's remains. A statement from police said Aguilar's family has been notified of the identification.

Further testing still needs to be conducted to determine the manner of death.

Aguilar was last seen in Gainesville with his friend, 18-year-old Pedro Bravo, who has been charged with first-degree murder.

Police say Bravo told them he beat Aguilar unconscious and left him in a parking lot. Both Bravo and Aguilar are from Miami.

According to CBS Miami, Levy County investigators said two hunters discovered Aguilar's body in a wooded area about 20 miles outside Cedar Key on Friday while looking for firewood.

Family and friends reportedy held a memorial service Monday night in Gainesville to celebrate Christian's life.

"I think it's really important for the rest of the community to have a chance, not to learn about Christian from this tragedy, but to learn about him for such an amazing human being that he was," said family friend Angie Lapiana, CBS Miami reports.

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