Police have identified 14-year-old Aiden Fucci as the prime suspect in the murder of a Florida cheerleader. Tristyn Bailey, only 13, was found dead on Sunday, resulting in a tragic Mother’s Day loss for the devastated community.
Fucci attended his first Zoom court hearing Tuesday with Circuit Judge Michael Orfinger. The teen was charged with the murder of the cheerleader and was ordered to remain in juvenile custody for 21 days while police complete their investigation.
Though the investigation is ongoing, Orfinger said that he does “find that there is probable cause to believe that the offense occurred.” Police have rejected the idea that the killing was “accidental,” as clear evidence points to a viscous, pre-meditated attack. The court is still deciding whether to charge Aiden Fucci as an adult.
As the teen sat in his court hearing, tears welled up in his eyes. His mother watched, too, and can be seen wiping tears away from her face as well. Fucci was arrested Monday for second-degree murder.
Tristyn Bailey, a well-known Florida cheerleader, went missing over the weekend, with an official report filed at 10 a.m. Sunday. The girl was last seen at the local community center slightly after 1:00 a.m. Sunday. Security footage shows Bailey walking with a boy towards a wooded area.
A 16-hour search filled with passionate community members looked for Tristyn Baily Sunday, and around 6 p.m. a man found her body near a pond. The man immediately alerted the authorities who pronounced her dead.
Bailey’s head had sustained terrible trauma, police said, and her body was stabbed a “horrific” amount of times, according to a report. St. Johns County Sheriff Rob Hardwick made a public statement, explaining that this was a “cold-blooded murder” and nothing else.
“I don’t wanna mention the number of times, but it is horrific,” Hardwick said in his statement. “It is horrible. And the word accident is nowhere involved in this case.” Hardwick then confirmed that Fucci is the only suspect so far.
Authorities uncovered footage of what is presumed to be Aiden Fucci walking away from the area Tristyn Bailey was found dead. “This is a cold-blooded murder of a 13-year-old young girl who did not deserve to die,” Hardwick explained.
Family and friends are remembering the sweet, loveable cheerleader this week. Bailey’s cheerleading coach, Tanya White, said that the young teen had a “beautiful smile and presence.” White also said that “she always was the first to hug me” and that Tristyn Bailey “was officially my favorite.”
A vigil was held Monday night in honor of the beloved teen. Flowers and notes to the family were left outside of the community center. Bailey’s mother has not made any comments regarding her daughter’s death.
Aiden Fucci awaits sentencing. The teen posted an incriminating Snapchat after he was arrested. Holding up the peace sign, Fucci snapped a picture of him inside the patrol car as he was being taken away. “Hey guys has anybody seen Tristyn lately,” the boy captioned the post.
Police urge those outside the scope of the case to withhold judgment. “Let us do our jobs. Let the medical examiners do their job. And let’s let the attorney’s office prosecute this case,” Sheriff Hardwick said.