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Aiden Fucci — teen who fatally stabbed 13-year-old cheerleader — is ‘beyond saving’: vic’s mom
By Natalie O'Neill,
A Florida teenager who brutally stabbed a 13-year-old cheerleader to death is “beyond saving,” the victim’s devastated mother said in court.
Aiden Fucci, 16 — who stabbed Tristyn Bailey 114 times then dumped her body in a wooded area near Jacksonville in 2021 — is too disturbed to be rehabilitated, Stacy Bailey told Judge Lee Smith at a sentencing hearing Wednesday.
“I plead with you, please consider everything he has done to our daughter and our family. Aiden Fucci made a heinous decision on May 9, 2021, and took the very life that I brought into this world,” she said in tears, according to FOX News.
“Please do not for one second think that he could be rehabilitated at any point. He is beyond saving.”
The heartbroken mom delivered the blow on the second day of Fucci’s sentencing hearing in St. Augustine, after the teen pleaded guilty to one count of first degree murder in February.
“She fought, and our beautiful daughter suffered for so long as he took no mercy,” Bailey said while glaring at her daughter’s killer.
“Aiden Fucci, you have destroyed me, you have destroyed my family.”
In the courtroom, Bailey also recounted how she’s tormented by thoughts of her child’s last moments alive.
“Visions flood my head how terrified she must have been,” she told the court. “Did she know it was coming? Did you wait for her back to be turned for the first strike of the knife?”
She said Tristyn’s room remains untouched nearly two years after her slaying.
“I can’t bear to change one thing, not even washing her clothes in the hamper as it would wash away the scent of her,” Stacy said.
Tristyn’s father and four siblings also urged the judge to hand down the maximum sentence of life in prison.
“Did she scream out for help or was she paralyzed with agony? Did she cry for my mother? Did she beg you to stop? Did you hear her lungs gargling with blood? Did you stay to watch her die?” Tristyn’s sister, Alexis, demanded to know. “Did you watch the life leave her eyes?”
Alexis placed 114 turquoise stones into a jar — “one for each of the 114 stab wounds that my sister had to endure,” she said.
“Our family broke that day and I don’t recognize any of us anymore,” Alexis said of the moment she learned of her younger sister’s murder.
Fucci’s pals told investigators he openly fantasized about violence and murder in the months leading up to the killing — and that he picked the cheerleader in a fit of rage.
Fucci was set to be tried as an adult, but dramatically entered a guilty plea on the day the trial was scheduled to start in February. A ruling could come as early as Friday and he faces 40 years to life in prison.
Fucci is not eligible for the death penalty because he committed the crime while he was a 14-year-old minor.
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