Teenage Cheerleader Stabbed 114 Times

Tristyn Bailey fought for her life until the end.

Josie Klakström

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Just a few weeks ago, thirteen-year-old Tristyn Bailey competed at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Cheerleading with her team, Infinity. The group were triple crown champions who competed across the United States in numerous events, and Tristyn was a crucial part of the team.

Tristyn Bailey via clickorlando.com

By all accounts, the teenager from St Johns, Florida, was happy and vivacious, with countless friends and an active social circle. Unfortunately, her life was cut short when her fourteen-year-old classmate stabbed her multiple times for no apparent reason.

Tristyn’s family called emergency services around 10 am on Sunday the 9th of May when Tristyn failed to return home. A search began immediately, with police and the community involved in the effort. However, several hours later, the search for the teenager came to an abrupt end.

At 7 pm, the search was called off after Tristyn’s body was found by a neighbour in a wooded area by Durbin Amenity Center. She was clothed in her white cheerleading skirt and a top, but the scene was from a horror movie. Tristyn’s lifeless body was covered head to toe in blood from her 114 stab wounds.

She’d fought her attacker hard, with nearly 50 of the injuries appearing on her hands and arms. She’d been stabbed so viciously that the tip of the knife blade had broken.

“She is just the most cheerful, most spirited friendliest person,” coach Courtney Sparks told WJXT-TV. “[She] is down to basically do whatever really to help unite the team. Whatever it takes for like the team to get to the next level, she’s the person to like help push the team forward.”

Soon after her discovery, her classmate Aiden Fucci was arrested.

Aiden Fucci via St Johns County Sheriff’s Office

Fucci’s house was close to the crime scene, and from the outset, he was considered a suspect in Tristyn’s murder. He was taken to the police station in the back of a cop car, where he posted a selfie on Snapchat with the caption, “[sic] Hey guys has inybody seen Tristyn lately”.

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Josie Klakström

Josie is a freelance journo who writes about writing, true crime, culture and marketing. www.truecrimeedition.com