THE devastated family of Tristyn Bailey says they hope teen suspect Aiden Fucci “comes clean” so they can have closure, The Sun can exclusively reveal.
Blonde Tristyn – the 13-year-old cheerleader found dead in Florida – was last seen in St Johns on Sunday morning after being reported missing by her family at 10am.
Tristyn Bailey’s body was found hours after she went missing in Florida[/caption]
Teen suspect Aiden Fucci has been arrested and charged, with cops saying the pair went to school together[/caption]
Fucci, 14, was arrested hours later and was charged on Monday with second-degree murder.
He was a fellow student at Tristyn’s school, but few details have yet been released about whether they knew each other.
Fucci allegedly posted a Snapchat photograph of himself in the back of a squad car holding up a peace sign asking where Tristyn was, which has left family and friends disgusted.
The Sun can confirm it is now being probed by police as part of their investigation.
He allegedly posted this Snapchat image in the back of a cop car[/caption]
Speaking exclusively to The Sun, Tristyn’s cousin, Connie Stull, said 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.
“Tristyn was a sweetheart, she loved cheerleading, I’m an emotional wreck, my husband and I didn’t sleep well last night.”
Tristyn has been described as a popular girl who was a talented cheerleader[/caption]
She often competed with her teammates and her death has devastated the local community[/caption]
Cops said it is possible charges against Fucci could be upgraded in consultation with the State Attorney’s Office.
Tanya White, who taught Tristyn cheerleading, described the tragedy as “completely horrendous” and “mind-blowing.”
Speaking on Aiden, she said: “I’m glad he has been arrested and it’s moving quickly and not dragged out for the parents’ sake.
“Tristyn was a cheerleader for our middle school association and captain as a 7th grader.
“Tristyn was an incredible leader, friend, and role model for many athletes.
“She lit up the room with her smile and spunk! She absolutely did not deserve this.
Police and volunteers spent hours searching for Tristyn and any clues regarding her disappearance[/caption]
Her sister Brittney shared a number of photographs as she begged for information on social media[/caption]
“The whole community and cheer world is devastated. We are all pulling together and here to support Tristyn’s family during this difficult time.”
The St Johns County Sheriff’s Office said that they “do not believe there is a threat at this time” asking the community to “stand down” from the search.
No information on where the body was found was revealed, with cops explaining “this is the early stage of a very, very complex investigation.”
Tristyn’s desperate sister Brittney had earlier posted on social media begging for any information about the cheerleader’s disappearance.
The cause of Tristyn’s death has not yet been revealed to the public and the family are keen for answers[/caption]
She shared: “PLEASE. If anyone has any information please please please share.
“I’ve never seen my family in the state we are in right now, we just want our baby Bailey home.”
St Johns County Sheriff Robert Hardwick confirmed on Monday morning that Tristyn’s body had been found.
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Hardwick confirmed that Bailey’s body was fully clothed, but her cause of death was not revealed.
Tristyn was last seen Sunday at roughly 1.15am near the North Amenity Center, according to reports.
Anyone who saw Tristyn between midnight and early Sunday evening is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 904-824-8304 or dial 911.