UF student died from poisoning, according to indictment

UF student died from poisoning, according to indictment

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Christian Aguilar Christian Aguilar
Pedro Bravo Pedro Bravo

New charges have been brought against a teenager at the University of Florida who is accused of killing a fellow student.

According to legal documents filed on Thursday, University of Florida freshman Christian Aguilar, who was murdered in September, died from poisoning and suffocation.  Aguilar was last seen with Pedro Bravo, when the two were recorded on a surveillance camera entering a Best Buy in Gainesville on Sept. 20.  Investigators soon named Bravo as a person of interest in Aguilar's disappearance.

Detectives said receipts showed that Bravo had purchased a shovel and duct tape days before Aguilar went missing.  They also said Bravo had given conflicting versions of his last interaction with Aguilar.   Bravo was eventually charged with the murder of Aguilar and jailed on a $100,000 bond.   Aguilar's body was found nearly a month after his disappearance, deep in a wooded area of Levy County, roughly 45 miles southwest of Gainesville.

It was originally alleged that Bravo had beaten Aguilar to death, but in an indictment filed with the Alachua County grand jury, charges were modified to allege Aguilar had been drugged.  Bravo also faces charges related to kidnapping, destruction of evidence, making a false report and obstruction of a criminal investigation.

Aguilar and Bravo were close friends who knew each other in South Florida before coming to Gainesville.  Police believe the two may have been fighting over a girl.


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