Zaxby’s Restaurants, my employer for the last eight years, has donated $1,500 to the reward fund and is now helping with fundraiser at all three of the Gainesville location that I oversee.
The first one will be on August 17, 2010, at our 43rd street location in Gainesville, less than 1 mile away from my parents’ house, and the high School my brother attended. When you buy Zaxby’s delicious chicken between 5 and 8 p.m., 10% of all sales will go to the reward fund.
I hope that all of you can make it. Please forward this information to everyone you can, all my family and I want is to bring my little brother justice!
— Boris Ochsenius
Photojournalist Aaron Daye has posted moving photos from the vigil for Sebastian held July 2 at Buchholz High School.
Sebastian’s family thanks him for sharing the images from the gathering of 200 people in memory of the 16-year-old who was killed in his own home.
You can see more photos here.
In the days immediately after Sebastian’s death, a reward fund was established for leads leading to the arrest and conviction of his killer.
Fellow students of Sebastian immediately rallied, raising money at a car wash and bake sale. Sebastian’s family thanks them for their caring and time. With their help, police and the family are making every effort to find the killer.
The car wash was held July 2 at the Burger King at Newberry Road and Northwest 62nd Street. Students also sold homemade baked goods and refreshments including lemonade, iced tea and Godfather’s Pizza.
Several dozen students who attended Buchholz High School with Sebastian volunteered. Above are pictures from the wash and messages the students wrote about Sebastian.
We are going to pursue this to the end. — Sebastian’s father
More than a week has passed since Sebastian was murdered in his home and police have no clues. So the Ochensius family says it will start its own investigation into the death of the 16-year-old-h0nors student.
“I told police I am going to start my own investigation. I can’t forget my son. He is not going to sit in a corner file,” Boris Ochsenius Sr. told the Gainesville Sun.
“I know somebody has to know something. Normally when somebody does something like this … there are two or three people involved. We are going to pursue this to the end. I don’t care how long – years, months, days.”
Wanted: Your help in finding the killer of Sebastian Ochsenius.
Alachua County Sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Steve Maynard said on July 6 that his department has clues in the search for this tragic, senseless death of the 16-year-old.
“We don’t have anything to go on — no viable suspect information, no motive, not even any information about how the shooter left the scene. Literally, we have nothing,” he said in an article published by the Gainesville Sun.
It has now been a week since Sebastian was killed late at night in his own home. While his family grieves, a dozen detectives from the sheriff’s department are working full-time on the case. They need leads; they need clues to find the person or person’s responsible for the murder.
Anyone with information can make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 352-372-7867.
Hundreds of friends of Sebastian attended a candlelight vigil on July 2, three days after he was slain in his home. The people gathered at Buchholz High School in Gainesville, Florida, where Sebastian had just completed his sophomore year.
Classmate Kristen Gomez remembered Sebastian, telling the crowd that he was “one of those people who walks into the room and the room lights up.” Kristen had known him since they were in middle school.
At the event, Sebastian’s older sister, Maria, said he “was like a rough diamond that had never been touched. He had endless potential.”
And his mother told the crowd,
Friends of Sebastian gathered the day of his death to paint this sign in his memory. It was their way of sharing their loss.
The wall on 34th Street in Gainesville shown below.
You can watch a local news report on students painting the wall here.