Amy Inita Joyner-Francis, a 16-year-old high school student in Delaware, died after she was jumped in a fight inside a bathroom. According to still-developing reports, Joyner-Francis was approached by her assailants because of a boy.
As reported by the Delaware News-Journal, the incident took place at Howard High School of Technology in the city of Wilmington on Thursday (Apr. 21) morning. It has been reported that Joyner-Francis and another girl were the people to initially fight over the boy when other girls jumped in.
Joyner-Francis’ head was slammed against a sink according to witness accounts reported by 6ABC, rendering her unconscious and prompting medical officials to send an emergency copter to airlift the girl to a nearby hospital.
From the News-Journal:
“We know it is happening in the streets,” said the Rev. Sandra Ben, of Praying Ground Community Church in Wilmington. “But now we are talking about violence happening in a place that normally should be a safe haven.”
Police have not released the cause of death for the New Castle girl or any details about what happened inside the restroom. Detectives from the homicide and violent crimes unit interviewed several students considered persons of interest and two female students were taken to police headquarters for further questioning, Wilmington police Chief Bobby Cummings said.
Principal Stanley Spoor said they do not have any reason to believe weapons were used in the attack. School was dismissed late Thursday morning and will resume Friday with a shortened day to provide counseling services for students.
The names of the other girls involved in the fight have not been released, nor has the boy in question been named.
A vigil was held at the school last night and was attended by students, parents and community leaders.
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