About Sebastian

Sebastian Ochensius died on June 29, 2010, when an unknown person broke into his home in the Bentwood subdivision in northwest Gainesville, Florida, and shot him multiple times. The attack occurred in the late hours of the night, while the family slept and Sebastian was in his family room. Sebastian’s father heard the noise from the shooting found his son on the floor. He held Sebastian in his arms as the 16-year-old passed away.

The killer is at large and being sought by police.

Sebastian came to the United States from Chile on Christmas Eve of 1994. Sebastian was only one year and 21 days old, when the plane arrived at Miami International Airport late that evening carrying him, his parents and his three older siblings — a brother and two sisters. Everything they brought to their new country was packed in their suitcases.

Sebastian’s uncle picked up the family members and drove them to Gainesville on Dec. 25. In a way, their arrival was their Christmas present. The Ochsenius family had left its native country because Sebastian’s father had business challenges. Larger competitors were making it difficult for him to make a living.

Sebastian’s grandparents had moved to Miami in 1988 and later to Gainesville; Sebastian’s father immediately went to work there, taking on two to three jobs at a time to support his young family. Once he had saved enough money, he started his own carpet-cleaning business.

Sebastian, or “Tan” as his family called him, attended schools in Alachua County. He was well liked and an excellent student. He had all A’s and only three B’s in his three years of middle school. As a freshman and sophomore at Buchholz High School, he earned A’s in Advanced Placement courses. He performed so well that he was ranked third out of a class of 525 students with a grade point average of 4.688. Even though he would have been only a junior this fall, he was receiving letters from colleges around the country asking him to apply for admission. Sebastian’s plan was to one day become a lawyer.

School did not define Sebastian’s teenage years. He loved to spend time with friends and family.  He always helped around the house, and helped out his brother whenever he needed; all the siblings were very close.

Sebastian also made friends because he was funny and fun to be around. And Sebastian was a warmhearted person who had good friends. He believed the best in people.

  1. Nathan Powers
    July 9, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Sebastian was an amazing kid! I met him back when he was in 6th grade. We didn’t get too close but now I really wish we did. I wish the best for his family! You will always be in their hearts and ours. R.I.P

  2. Sheila Beasley
    July 9, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    I only knew Sebastian for a short time. But the time that I did get to spend with this child was an honor. He was such a great person. He was funny could make you laugh over anything. He and my son became good friends and who ever has done this to this boy deserves nothing but the same punishment. It’s not fair to take a life the way his was taken. His family does not deserve that. I hope they find this person so the family can begin to move on. He may be gone….but he will never be forgotten. R.I.P. Sebastian. You are missed!!!!!

  3. Jenny
    July 10, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Porqué la vida a veces nos quita lo que más amamos, nuestros hijos? los padres siempre esperamos por una cosa lógica que sean ellos los que nos lleven al cementerio, pero cuando pasa lo que mis queridos amigos y compadres le ha pasado todo se viene abajo, todo se derrumba, pierdes la fe, la esperanza de justicia, te preguntas porque a él que tenía toda la vida por delante, era un niño al que yo conocí desde antes de nacer, se fue muy pequeñito a vivir lejos de Chile, país en donde nació. Por sus padres siempre sabía de lo hermoso que era, de lo bueno, estudioso, simpático,responsable, preocupado siempre de ellos, de lo felices que este niño adorable los hacía, aprendí a quererlo a la distancia a través de la conversación a diario con mi amiga al igual que a sus otros hijos, tenía la esperanza de verlo y abrazarlo ya que pronto vendrían a Chile, la vida quiso que no fuera posible pero se que éste angelito cuidará de sus padres y sus hermanos desde el cielo, que seguirá dándoles fortaleza que no estará físicamente con ellos, pero será un niño amado por toda la vida.. SEBASTIAN donde quieras que estés te abrazo desde Chile, te quiero mucho

  4. maria jose ochsenius
    July 22, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    A special THANK YOU to the owner’s of D’lites for donating a portion of their profits for the REWARD FUND. We would also like to thank Sebastian’s friends (who help out to make the fundraiser possible) and all the people who made donations. We will continue to have different functions around town until we can reach our goal. We will also post a list of the establishments where you can make a donation. We will not stop until we find the person(s) who took Sebastian away from us!

    Thank you everyone for all your support!

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