Pedro Bravo denies visitation by missing UF student's family

Christian Aguilar still missing; Bravo remains in jail

MIAMI - The teenager charged in connection with the disappearance of a University of Florida student denied a visitation by the missing student's family.

Christian Aguilar was last seen on Sept. 20, and Pedro Bravo, a friend from high school, is charged in connection with his disappearance.

Bravo remains jailed on a $100,000 bond. He is charged with depriving a victim of medical care, a third-degree felony.

On Thursday, Bravo denied a visitation by Christian's brother and girlfriend. Bravo and Aguilar's girlfriend dated while the three were in high school at Doral Academy.

According to investigators, Aguilar and Bravo got into a fight on Thursday. Bravo told police he beat Aguilar up and left him by a field on the UF campus, but has not said much since, according to detectives in Gainesville.

The family of Aguilar hoped to talk to Bravo on Thursday. Carlos Aguilar, Christian's father, was trying to arrange for his wife to go to the jail and talk to Bravo and his parents.

"At the beginning, I wanted to go, but I don't think I'm the appropriate person because of the feelings," said Carlos Aguilar. "I need someone that can get the information that we need and I think that's my wife, so she is the one that is going to be going."

After meeting with the Gainesville police chief and mayor, Carlos Aguilar said he felt good news was coming.

"I still haven't seen my son, but it's hope, is more hope that I'm going to -- soon, soon," said Carlos Aguilar. "Today is, you know, more clear day, more beautiful day then yesterday even though I still haven't seen my son.  But it's still hope, more hope that I'm going to soon soon getting closer to him."

On Wednesday, investigators said Bravo purchased a shovel and duct tape a few days before Aguilar went missing.

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