One year ago on October 12, 2012, the body of biomedical engineering student, Christian Aguilar, was found after a long search outside of Gainesville in Otter Creek, Florida. The University of Florida freshman went missing on September 20, 2012. Agencies and many volunteers joined in the search. Despite their incredible work, the family would never see their son alive again.
The University of Florida held a One-Year Remembrance and Memorial Service in Christian’s honor at 5:00 PM in the University Auditorium on Saturday, October 12, 2013. During the ceremony, the College of Engineering, presented his parents, Carlos and Claudia Aguilar, an In Memoriam degree, the first ever given by UF. Many people gathered to celebrate Christian’s life and his strong desire to become an engineer and to honor his many family and friends who came up from Miami to attend the service.
The Aguilars continue to honor Christian with their non-profit organization, Christian Aguilar Search and Rescue Foundation. The family has also partnered with the Missing Children Global Network to launch an app that will help locate missing young ones. The new app called, Christian Aguilar Mobile Alert, was highlighted on WCJB-TV 20.
Knowing how much Christian loved being a Florida Gator, Gainesville and UF continue to be a special place for the Aguilars.
Please read the Gainesville Sun article which talks more about Christian’s case.