ST. JOHNS, Fla. – One week after the death of Tristyn Bailey, the 13-year-old girl who authorities said was killed by a schoolmate, the community continued to show its support for her family.
Bailey’s memorial in the Durbin Crossing neighborhood where she lived and died has been growing, with candles, flowers and teal ribbons. Aqua was Bailey’s favorite color.
St. Mark’s Catholic Mission Church celebrated her memory during Sunday’s 11 a.m. Mass held in the auditorium of Patriot Oaks Academy, where Bailey was a student.
This tragedy has struck a nerve for many families in the neighborhood and across Northeast Florida. There’s been an outpouring of support for Bailey’s family, friends and community over the past week from vigils, memorials and car parades.
Kingsland firefighter, Jeremy LaTraverse, ran the friends with autism 5K and walk this morning in downtown #jacksonville in his 60lb fire fighting gear with a photo of 13-year-old Tristyn Bailey to honor her. @wjxt4 pic.twitter.com/gnnSa0AxKf— Brittany Muller (@BrittMullerNews) May 15, 2021
Bailey’s body was found May 9 in a wooded area in her neighborhood after her family reported her missing that morning. An autopsy determined she was stabbed to death. Investigators said Bailey was killed by a boy she went to school with, 14-year-old Aiden Fucci.
Fucci is charged with second-degree murder in connection with Bailey’s death. As of Sunday, he remained in a state-run juvenile detention facility in Volusia County.