The family of cheerleader Tristyn Bailey have paid tribute to her in an emotional speech during a memorial event honoring her life.
‘I made a promise to Tristyn. We are going to make her name shine above all the evil that has happened,’ her mom, Stacy, said.
‘We will never but the same, but we will always be the Bailey 7,’ she added – referring to the members of their family.
The 13-year-old cheerleader was found dead in the woods in St. John’s County, Florida, on May 9 with a ‘horrific’ number of stab wounds.
Hundreds of friends, family, teachers and community members – dressed in bright aqua and white clothing – joined Bailey’s parents and four older siblings to celebrate her life in Celebration Church in Jacksonville on Tuesday.
‘When someone you love becomes a memory, the memories become treasures,’ her sister Alexis Bailey said. ‘Let Tristyn become your treasure.’
Tristyn’s dad, Forrest, thanked everyone for their support.
‘When you give someone your thoughts and prayers, you are giving everything. There are no words. There are no words that will heal it. All of the messages that poured in, from people all over the place, they helped us,’ he said.
Stacy Bailey, Tristyn’s mom said, ‘I made a promise to Tristyn. We are going to make her name shine above all the evil that has happened’
The ‘Bailey 7’ : The cheerleader’s four siblings flank their parents at the ceremony above
Tristyn Bailey was stabbed a ‘horrific’ number of times, police have revealed
Aiden Fucci, 14, was charged with murder.
Meanwhile, things got more complicated for her suspected killer, 14-year-old classmate Aiden Fucci, who was charged with second-degree murder.
On Monday, Fucci’s lawyer, Anwar Snober filed to withdraw as defense counsel, which was granted.
The motion says Snober ‘has discussed the matter with the defendant and his parents and both are in agreement as to the withdrawal of counsel.’
Snober didn’t return DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
Police say Aiden stabbed Tristyn a ‘horrific’ number of times and blood was found on her clothes in what police said was a ‘cold-blooded murder’. Her cause of death has been listed as stabbing by the St John’s County Medical Examiner.
‘When someone you love becomes a memory, the memories become treasures,’ her sister Alexis Bailey said. ‘Let Tristyn become your treasure’
Each of her older siblings spoke during the memorial and shared fun stories
Tristyn’s dad, Forrest, said: ‘When you give someone your thoughts and prayers, you are giving everything. There are no words. There are no words that will heal it. All of the messages that poured in, from people all over the place, they helped us.’
Investigators say Tristyn’ body was found fully clothed – she was wearing a dark top and white cheer skirt.
Prosecutors are deciding whether to charge Aiden as an adult.
Before he was officially charged, he took a selfie in the back of a cop car which he then posted on Snapchat with the caption ‘Hey guys has inybody (sic) seen Tristyn lately’. It was before her body was found in woods.
Fucci this picture in the back of a squad car after being hauled in for questioning, before Tristyn’s body was found. He posted it on Snapchat
Suspect Aiden Fucci, appearing via Zoom before a judge on Tuesday, is in custody. Prosecutors have not decided yet whether to charge the 14-year-old as a teenager or adult
St. Johns County Sheriff Rob Hardwick told local network NewsJax that Tristyn was killed violently, stabbed multiple times. ‘This is a cold-blooded murder of a 13-year-old young girl who did not deserve to die,’ he said
In Anwar Snober’s motion to withdraw as Aiden’s lawyer, it said he ‘has discussed the matter with the defendant and his parents (Crystal Smith, mom, left, and Jason Fucci, dad, right) and both are in agreement as to the withdrawal of counsel’
Now, police say they will use that ‘egregious’ selfie as evidence against him and that it proves he was ‘proud of what he did’.
It was revealed that Aiden’s father Jason was previously jailed for child abuse in 2003 after he had sex with a 15 year-old when he was 18.
He attended his son’s first court hearing.