Were Tristyn Bailey and Aiden Fucci friends? Florida cheerleader, 13, was filmed walking with 'killer' schoolmate
When officers went to his house, they reportedly found his bloody clothes, the same ones he was wearing in the video
ST JOHNS, FLORIDA: Florida 13-year-old Tristyn Bailey was filmed walking with her schoolmate, Aiden Fucci, 14, who is accused of stabbing the girl to death, according to police. The new details in the case name in light on Wednesday, March 12 night with the release of the police report. The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office arrested Aiden on second-degree murder charges in the death of 13-year-old Tristyn.
The police department has not released the surveillance video but it was described in the report. It is said to show Tristyn and Aiden walking near the community center in St John's, Florida, at 1.45 am on Sunday, May 9. This was the last time she was ever seen alive. At 3:27 am, Aiden was seen walking away from the community center alone at, nearly two hours later, according to the report. He had taken his white Nike sneakers off and was carrying them, it is alleged. When officers went to his house, they found bloody clothes the same ones he was wearing in the video, their report states. Once in custody, Aiden was left alone in an interview room with cameras with his mother Crystal Smith, where he said that he'd taken off his shoes because his feet 'hurt'. It's not clear from the redacted police report whether or not he confessed to the killing but the cops say comments he made, combined with physical evidence, is what led them to arrest him.
Police issued a warning to people who had set up fake social media accounts trying to garner notoriety from the case. "There are a number of accounts however that are using this case to try to gain fame and followers. Please know that these individuals had nothing to do with this incident," St John's County Sheriff's Office said. Some of the fake Instagram accounts flagged up by investigators had #freeaiden hashtags on their posts.
The St Johns County Sheriff's Office have stated that Tristyn's death was caused by "sharp force trauma by stabbing," according to a news release Tuesday, May 11. "It has now been determined by Chief Medical Examiner Dr Predrag Bulic that the cause of death is sharp force trauma by stabbing," the release says. "The manner of death is homicide. We will continue to investigate this case fully and will begin transitioning this case to the State Attorney's Office." The state attorney’s office confirms Tristyn was stabbed more than once. Sheriff Rob Hardwick says he hopes his team has collected the murder weapon, but deputies won't know that until forensics come back. It's not clear what the weapon is exactly.