ST. JOHNS, Florida – A 5K event was held on Saturday to honor the life of 13-year-old Tristyn Bailey.
Organizer Vincent Pollachi said the memorial event was originally going to be a small neighborhood run, but around 400 people signed up for 5K, which started at Freedom Crossing Academy.
Pollachi said there was no registration fee for the race, but they sold t-shirts with Bailey’s name on it and they collected donations. Money from the event will go to Bailey’s family.
The organizer said he knew the family well and wanted to help them through this difficult time.
“The family needs our support as a whole community, and their family is still struggling. We must continue to meet and support them, ”Pollachi said.
Many friends and neighbors attended the event to support the family.
“The work, everyone, the whole community came together – it’s really amazing,” said Cathy Mazzone, who lives in the neighborhood.
According to the organizer, 200 people showed up to the event despite the rain.
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Investigators said Bailey was stabbed to death last month. Her body was found on Mother’s Day in the Durbin Crossing Subdivision.
Aiden Fucci, 14, is charged with first degree murder in connection with his death.
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