A Tennesee teen has unwittingly been dragged into the aftermath of the murder of a Florida teen after online trolls suggested he was involved in her death.
Levi Whitehouse’s name is one of many circulated by trolls who continue to make false claims about the murder of 13-year-old Tristyn Bailey.
The young gamer believes he may be the target of a prank by the online gaming community, of which he is a member.
Florida detectives say her schoolmate, 14-year-old Aiden Fucci, is the only suspect in the case and no one else is involved.
Whitehouse is haunted, even though Fucci is accused of murdering Kristyn. He is in custody after Bailey’s body was found in a pond just a quarter of a mile from her home.
Nonetheless, it hasn’t stopped Levi from becoming the center of trolls who threatened the Nashville teenager by even threatening some with death against the boy who has never visited St. John’s Country in northeast Florida.
Aiden Fucci, 14, and Tristyn Bailey, 13, were filmed last Sunday at 1:45 am walking, but within hours Bailey was dead
Online trolls have accused Nashville-based 15-year-old Levi Whitehouse of being responsible for the murder. He is pictured left, next to his dad, Steve, right
Some of the social media accounts, as seen through News4Jax have posted disturbing messages and images in which some users even claim to have participated in the murder.
One account is said to have used a photo of him standing by a friend’s gravestone.
Police have also issued a warning to people who set up fake social media accounts to get publicity in the case.
However, there are a number of accounts using this case to gain exposure and followers. Please know that these individuals had nothing to do with this incident, ”said St. John’s County Sheriff’s Office.
Some of the fake Instagram accounts flagged by researchers had #freeaiden hashtags on their posts.
Tristyn Bailey’s body was discovered at a pond less than half a mile from her home
The social media pages, which the police are now looking very closely at, seem to be run by other teens and only serve to make false claims for attention while taunting Bailey’s family and friends.
“I had no idea about the case,” Levi said, adding that it felt like he was being charged with the cheerleader’s murder.
“I pray for the family to go through all this shit, but I promise you we’re not involved in this,” said Steve Whitehouse, Levi’s father, on Friday. “And if there’s anything we can do to get to the bottom of it, I’ll do what we have to do, 155 percent.”
Although Levi has no affiliation with the Bailey family, he is an active gamer and his family believes his identity has been lifted as a joke by others in the online gambling community.
Bailey was last seen alive in the early hours of Sunday morning. Hours later, she was found dead on pong less than half a mile from her home
They said they hadn’t heard of the case until Levi’s friends told him his face was being used. However, Levi is active with online video games, just like Fucci.
“We all fear for our safety,” said Steve Whitehouse. ‘We are moving because of all this. I don’t know if it will happen among all this shit. ‘
If the online trolls behind those comments are caught, they could be charged with disrupting a police investigation or cyberbullying under Florida law.
Aiden posted this selfie to social media after being taken for questioning. Sheriffs say the “blatant” messages show he was proud of what he did
Police are also watching a social media video featuring Fucci showing him handcuffed in the back of a police cruiser showing a peace sign that reads, ‘Hey guys recently saw Tristyn in everyone.’
It was before her body was found in the woods.
Now the police say they will use that ‘blatant’ selfie as evidence against him and that it proves that he was ‘proud of what he did’.
“I know it looks silly when he makes those statements in that car, but now that is evidence that we are collecting and using against him. So that just makes our case a better case to present to the district attorney’s office and to present to a jury that further down said this was his thinking, “St Johns County Sheriff Robert Hardwick.”
Investigators have said they will use search warrants and subpoenas to pull information from phones and Internet accounts of everyone involved.
Aiden Fucci, 14, has been charged with the murder of Tristyn. He is stuck. Tristyn Bailey was stabbed ‘horribly’ a number of times
Bailey was filmed walking alone to her death with the teenager accused of stabbing her a ‘horrific’ number of times, police say.
Police have not released the surveillance video, but Aiden and Tristyn are said to be walking near the community center in St John’s, Florida at 1:45 am last Sunday.
It was the last time she was ever seen alive. According to the report, Aiden was filmed walking away from the community center alone at 3:27 am, nearly two hours later.
He had taken off his white Nike sneakers and was wearing them, it is said.
When police went to his home, they found clothes that were bloody – the same ones he was wearing in the video, their report said.
The teens were last seen walking near the Durbin Amenity Center in St. John’s at 1:45 am. It is unclear what she did there or if Aiden was with her
Once in custody, Aiden was left alone in an interrogation room with his mother Crystal Smith. He told her he took off his shoes because his feet “hurt.”
It is unclear from the redacted police report whether or not he confessed to the murder, but police say the comments he made, combined with physical evidence, led them to arrest him.
The report was released on Wednesday evening via an archive request.
Prosecutors are still deciding whether to sue Aiden as an adult.
Aiden’s father Jason attended his son’s first court hearing earlier this week. He was in prison in 2003 for abusing a 15-year-old girl at the age of 18.
Aiden’s father Jason Fucci (pictured left during his son’s Zoom hearing and right during his arrest), 36, spent time in prison after being charged with lewd or voluptuous battery and child abuse in 2003
Tristyn’s family reported her missing on Sunday at 10:00 am. She was last seen by them at midnight and police say she was last registered around 1.15am. Her body was found on Sunday at 6 p.m.