Who was Tristyn Bailey?
Tristyn Bailey was a young cheerleader who was allegedly murdered by 14-year-old Aiden Fucci. A chilling Snapchat photo of Fucci, taken after Bailey’s death, mentions the 7th-grade girl. Despite his young age, authorities released Fucci’s name due to the seriousness of the charges. “The suspect is under arrest. He is charged with second-degree murder,” said St. Johns County Sheriff Robert Hardwick in a news conference.
Fucci was an eighth-grader at Patriot Oaks Academy is now being held at the Department of Juvenile Justice. 13-year-old Tristyn Bailey was Fucci’s schoolmate and was in the seventh grade. Sheriff Robert Hardwick stated during a news conference on Monday, May 10, that the investigation is in the “very beginning stages” and did not release any details related to Bailey’s death, including the cause of death or how Bailey and the suspect may have been linked.
Rest In Peace Tristyn Bailey 💔💔💔 pic.twitter.com/alyi6HOtbA
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How old was Tristyn Bailey?
Tristyn Bailey was 13 years old at the time of death.
Tristyn Bailey Missing Florida
She was reported missing early Sunday morning, May 9, 2021, and her body was found later that evening in the woods.
Tristyn Bailey St Johns County
Authorities are reviewing a Snapchat photo “showing a teenager in the back seat of a deputy’s cruiser,” according to News4Jax, which said police confirmed the teen in the photo is Fucci. The news station reported that it was posted to Fucci’s Snapchat account.
He is making a peace sign in the picture along with the caption, “Hey guys has anybody seen Tristyn lately.”
Asked about this at the press conference, Hardwick said, “I will say our real-time intelligence center really has captured all these videos as much as we can. We monitor it. Unfortunately, with some of these things that are actually maybe you think is detrimental to the case actually help us to in the case…”
Fucci had his first court appearance on May 11, 2021. His parents were on the zoom call.
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Authorities have not yet decided whether to charge him as a juvenile or adult, according to News4Jax.
Aiden Fucci Tristyn Bailey
The sheriff said both Fucci and Bailey “attended the same school,” but it hadn’t been verified yet if they were classmates. They both attended Patriot Oaks Academy. That’s a K-8 school located in St. Augustine, Florida.
The sheriff said, “they grew up in the same neighborhood.”
“These kids went to the same school together,” Hardwick said.
He said there are “no further threats” to the community. Hardwick said there are a lot of witnesses. “The investigative team is out there interviewing all kinds of witnesses,” he said. “We have a suspect in custody. That is the only suspect that had to do with the death of Tristyn.”
Tristyn Bailey Cause of Death
Hardwick initially would not release the cause of death, but authorities later said the girl was stabbed.
Journalist Katie Jeffries wrote on Twitter that the “State Attorney’s Office confirms that Tristyn was stabbed more than once.”
The Sheriff said that Bailey was last seen just after midnight. An extensive search resulted. By that evening, her body was found – in the woods nearby. At 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 9, 2021, a resident “discovered Tristyn Bailey’s body that was actually located by a person in the neighborhood and called 911,” the sheriff said.
“We went out there and recovered the body.”
He said the girl’s body was found in a wooded area and was clothed. The motive has not been released.
Tristyn Bailey Instagram
Bailey was a beloved cheerleader.
Loved ones took to social media when Bailey was still missing. “Tristyn Bailey, 13 years old, 7th grade POA left her home last night and has not been heard from since… love this kid like my own. We are heartbroken to not know where she is,” a woman wrote on Facebook.
Tristyn filled her Instagram page with photos of her doing cheerleading. One photo showed cheerleaders with a trophy and another mentioned Homecoming.
According to News4Jax, authorities searched a pond “near a cul-de-sac in the neighborhood near where Bailey was found” on Monday evening.
Aiden Fucci Hearing
If the teen is charged as an adult, he could face life in jail if he is found guilty of the second-degree murder charges.
Tristyn’s cousin, Connie Stull, exclusively told The Sun that she hopes Aiden confesses.
Asked if she hopes he comes clean, she replied: “Yes I do. I have cried my eyes out.
“I looked him [Aiden] up on Facebook, but there are too many. I’m happy they made an arrest and hope they try him as an adult.
Cops said it is possible charges against Fucci could be upgraded in consultation with the State Attorney’s Office.