ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. — The 13-year-old Florida cheerleader who was found dead Sunday in a remote wooded area of the state was stabbed a “horrific” amount of times, a new report said.
St. Johns County Sheriff Rob Hardwick shared the revelation in a Tuesday interview with WJXT, where he also characterized the death of Tristyn Bailey as a “cold-blooded murder.”
Aiden Fucci, 14, a seventh-grade classmate of Bailey’s has been arrested for her slaying. Photos were tweeted Tuesday of the teen sitting in the back of a police cruiser flashing a peace sign and sending a message on Snapchat, which read, “Hey guys has inybody [sic] seen Tristyn lately,” Law Officer reported. The cavalier, insensitive post infuriated a community that is already devastated by Bailey’s death.
I asked the SJCSO about this Snapchat photo of Aiden Fucci. It appears he took this in the back of a police car.
Deputies say social media and surveillance video played a part in making an arrest. pic.twitter.com/IkU2L1dKll
— Bridgette Matter (@bridgetteANjax) May 10, 2021
Details surrounding Bailey’s fate had been scarce, but earlier Tuesday, the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office said the medical examiner ruled it a homicide caused by “sharp force trauma by stabbing,” WJXT reported.
“That being said, I don’t wanna mention the number of times, but it is horrific. It is horrible,” Hardwick told the news outlet. “And the word accident is nowhere involved in this case.”
Hardwick said Fucci is his office’s only suspect. The teenage boy was arrested Monday on a second-degree murder charge, Law Officer reported.
“This is a cold-blooded murder of a 13-year-old young girl who did not deserve to die,” the sheriff said.
On Tuesday morning, Fucci was ordered to remain in juvenile custody for the next 21 days while prosecutors decide if they will charge him as an adult, New York Post reported.