Teen charged with murder after girl, 13, stabbed ‘horrific number of times’

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A teenager has been charged with second-degree murder in connection to the death of a 13-year-old cheerleader in the United States.

The St Johns County Sheriff's Office in Florida said the cause of death was "sharp force trauma by stabbing".

Aiden Fucci was arrested on Sunday evening and is being held at the Department of Juvenile Justice in connection with Tristyn Bailey's death.

Both attended Patriot Oaks Academy in St Johns.

The Sun said a photograph was circulating on social media about Tristyn's death.

It appeared to have been posted on Fucci's Snapchat account and showed him in the back of a cop car.

He is reported to have been holding up a peace sign with the caption "hey guys has inybody [sic] seen Tristyn lately".

The cheerleader was last seen on Sunday at roughly 1.15am near the North Amenity Center, reports said.

She was reported missing by her family at 10am on the morning of Sunday, May 9, which led to a 16-hour search for the teenager.

Her body was discovered later that day by a neighbour in the woods near her Durbin Crossing home.

Sheriff Rob Hardwick of St. Johns County Sheriff's Office said: "This is a cold-blooded murder of a 13-year-old young girl who did not deserve to die.

"That being said, I don’t wanna mention the number of times but it is horrific. It is horrible.

"And the word accident is nowhere involved in this case."

At his court hearing on Tuesday morning, the judge ruled Fucci must remain in juvenile custody for the next 21 days, ahead of his next hearing.

The teenager is said to have rolled his eyes after he was jailed.

Fucci has been charged with second-degree murder but has not yet entered a plea.

The 14-year-old provided an initial statement, But officials said this changed several times and that he made several "admissions."

After officers executed a search warrant at Fucci's home, the report said that officers found items that tested positive for the presence of blood.

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