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  • Inside the Teen 'Love Triangle' Killer's Journal

    Pedro Bravo, 20, of Gainesville, Florida, was found guilty on Aug. 15, of first-degree murder and six other counts in the death of his friend Christian Aguilar, 18, who was dating his ex-girlfriend, Erika Friman. During the police investigation and Bravo's trial, his journal came into focus, with page after page laying out details for how he was going to win Friman back. On this page of his journal, Bravo wrote, "You're the most amazing girl I have ever met in my life." 
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  • Bravo dated Friman in high school. When she took the stand at Bravo's murder trial, Friman said she broke up with Bravo after they graduated high school and that he didn't take the news that well. After their break-up, Bravo wrote, "I wish this is just the break we needed between us then we will be back together. Though I don't understand I will seek to make some things better."
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  • In his journal, Bravo wrote about how he felt after his breakup with Friman: "When you left, you shattered my heart into a trillion pieces. At first it hurt real bad. But using the banach-tarski paradox, I rearranged these pieces into two hearts, each the same size as the first? Now I am a time lord. And I am way out of your league."
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  • Bravo continued to have deep feelings for Friman. On July 11, 2012, he wrote, "Am I a fool? Am I silly to still love her deeply even through all this? I just wish she felt the same?"
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  • Throughout his journal, Bravo wrote notes to himself about how to approach Friman and how to win her back. "Just say hi, ask her if [it's] okay to start talking again," he wrote on one page about trying to speak to Friman after their breakup.
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  • His journal is also filled with drawings, popular songs, poems, and various passages about his feelings. He wrote this on a journal page surrounded by drawings: "You invade this pristine world, claiming it as your own simply by your presence? You slaughter innocent animals for their dies and their flesh? You devastate the landscape and gouge the earth to build your monuments to vanity?. And yet you call me the monster."
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  • On July 24, 2012, Bravo wrote about fighting a bully, "Also if someone pushes you or makes you low aggressively, be practical kind and benevolent, twice, if on the third time it doesn't change knock his bloody a-- out." On the opposite page, he also wrote about Friman ignoring him: "I am scared again, I'm just scared this was the last time I will be with her. She ignored me when I tried to talk."
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  • Bravo was friends with Christian Aguilar, whom he'd known since 8th grade. Friman eventually started dating Aguilar and testified at Bravo's trial that she was afraid to tell him that she had feelings for Aguilar, calling Bravo "sensitive." Bravo continued to write about his feelings for Friman for weeks after their break-up, and thought about how to get back together with her. "She cut me out on Facebook today. I feel a piece of my world ending already. Though now begins my journey to win her back," Bravo wrote on July 29, 2012.
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  • Friman and Aguilar began dating at the beginning of their college freshman year in 2012. She said in court that they hid their relationship from Bravo. On Aug. 1, 2012, Bravo wrote, "I miss her, what's wrong with me? I'm scared if she's OK, but now I'm more scared that someone will take her from me. That I really don't want."
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  • After he discovered that Aguilar and Friman were dating, Bravo was crushed. When Bravo found out the truth about Aguilar and Friman's relationship, police said he started hatching a plan to drive from his home in Miami to Gainesville, Florida, where Friman was going to Santa Fe Community College. Police said Bravo also looking up murder statistics, alibis, and fatal doses of sleeping pills. On Aug. 9, 2012, Bravo wrote, "My life slowly ended in Miami, so I came up with a plan to have it brought back again. And nothing will keep me from leaving here to Gainesville. Nothing."
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  • Weeks after their breakup, Bravo was unrelenting in his hopes to get Friman back. On Aug. 22, 2012, he wrote about seeing her again. "I'm in Gainesville, and I should try to start talking to Erika slowly but surely? I can do this. I will succeed."
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  • "Even after all you have put me through all the heartbreak and questioning and long days I still love you more than anything itself," Bravo wrote on Aug. 23, 2012, talking about Friman. A month later, Bravo dumped Aguilar's body in a forest in rural Levy County, Florida, about 60 miles southwest of Gainesville. The official cause of death is unknown, but prosecutors believe Bravo poisoned Aguilar and then strangled him.
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