Tristyn Bailey, a 13-year-old Florida schoolgirl, was murdered, and her family has paid tribute to their “treasured” daughter as her perpetrator was given a life sentence.
In May of 2021, Tristyn was stabbed over a hundred times by 16-year-old student Aiden Fucci.
At St. Johns County Court on March 24th, Fucci was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder in February. After serving 25 years, his sentence will be reconsidered.
This action was not motivated by greed. It wasn’t done out of spite or vengeance. A crime of passion it was not. Because he was hurt by her rejection, he did not commit a crime. It wasn’t done out of hysterical rage. Not that I could think of. The judge ruled that “there was no purpose.”
“It was done for no other reason than to satisfy this defendant’s internal desire to feel what it was like to kill someone,” Judge Smith said. “This leads this court to the conclusion that there is only one appropriate sentence in this case.”
Although he was still a minor at the time of the crime, he will not face the death sentence, but he still faces the possibility of a lifetime behind bars.
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In the days leading up to the sentencing, friends, and family of the victim will give emotional remarks to the judge.
Tristyn’s family also shared previously unseen images of her, as well as a heartbreaking statement on what she meant to different members of her family.
“To her family, Tristyn fulfilled every role to the fullest. As the baby of the family, she is treasured in every way,” the family said.
“She was absolutely adored by her grandparents and spent much time with them even managing to get the most attention as a baby from her grandad than any sibling before her.”
“As a daughter, Tristyn always exceeded the expectations that were put in front of her. She was dedicated and thoughtful. Stacy and Tristyn enjoyed a great many memories from cheer weekends and enjoyed a close bond.”
And they added: “Tristyn’s best role may have been as a sibling. She was always able to engage with each of them. When any one of them had anything to do, she was the first to go with them.”
“Brittney and Tristyn, despite being 16 years apart, were best friends and kindred spirits. She and Alexis shared in their deep love of animals and spent a lot of time together with Alexis being almost a 2nd mom.”
“As the only brother, Teegan commands a special bond with each of his sisters and Teegan was able to bring out Tristyn’s serious side. They would talk about goals and aspirations and outline the work to accomplish them.”
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“Sophia and Tristyn were easily described as the ying/yang relationship. From the moment Tristyn entered the world, they spent all their time together and were the best of friends.”
And the family concluded their tribute, by saying: “Tristyn made an incredible impact in 13 years and it is a travesty to not see what she would have done. We remain forever, Tristyn Bailey Strong! ”
And the family concluded their tribute, by saying: “Tristyn made an incredible impact in 13 years and it is a travesty to not see what she would have done. We remain forever, Tristyn Bailey Strong!”
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