Friends have identified the victim as Amy Inita Joyner-Francis, 16, who died after being attacked by a gang of other girls at a Delaware school
A 16-year-old girl, who died after getting into a fight with another girl over a boy, was jumped by bullies who slammed her head against a bathroom sink at a school in Delaware Thursday morning.
Friends identified her as Amy Inita Joyner-Francis to local media, according to The News-Journal.
The fight broke out around 8.15am before classes at Howard High School of Technology, a vocational school in Wilmington, Delaware.
Students who witnessed the deadly scuffle said that the 16-year-old and another girl started fighting in one of the women’s bathrooms over a boy, when a gang of other girls jumped the victim.
At one point, someone banged her head on a sink, according to witnesses who spoke with 6ABC.
Friends have identified the victim as Amy Inita Joyner-Francis (left and right), 16, who died after being attacked by a group in the women’s bathroom at Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington, Delaware, Thursday morning
Amy was flown by helicopter to A.I. DuPont Children’s Hospital in critical condition. She was later pronounced dead at the hospital
‘There was an altercation that initially started between two people, and my understanding is that additional individuals joined in against the one person,’ Gary Fullman, chief of staff to the Wilmington mayor, told KTLA.
students were taken to police headquarters for questioning.
‘My heart bleeds for the family,’ Mayor Dennis Williams told a news conference.
Sherry Dorsey Walker, a Wilmington city councilwoman, says she has known the victim and her family for quite some time and had been asked by the family to speak on their behalf.
Walker says the family is asking for spiritual healing in the community and no retaliation. She says they’re also ‘asking people to just be calm and pray for them’.
Two female students are being interviewed by police, a spokesman for Wilmington’s mayor confirmed
, and the craziest thing is she died in a fight.’
lled her death senseless.
And others are calling for justice to be served against the girls who are responsible for Amy’s death
On social media, many say they can’t believe other students didn’t intervene to help her.
Others said it’s sickening to know that students stood there and watched and recorded as the fight erupted all because of a boy.
One Twitter user said she prays ‘for this generation’ and hopes ‘justice will be served’, while another said the world needs a ‘cultural shift’.
Howard isn’t known as a violent school and Police Chief Cummings said he did not know of any other problems in recent days.
Superintendent Victoria Gehrt called Amy’s death an ‘unbelievable tragedy for the family’. She also said that despite what happened, Howard High School of Technology ‘is a safe school for our students’.Credit ABCnews