Amy Inita Joyner-Francis, 16, (pictured) was a quiet, polite, and productive student at Howard High School of Technology in Willmington, Delaware.
Amy highly prioritized her school work and was one of the student managers of the Howard wrestling team. Her fellow students spoke of her as a peacemaker who couldn’t stand to see violence occurring at her school.
“She wasn’t worried about herself. She was worried about me not fighting,” said Howard student Nik Stryminski in his interview with Delaware Online. “She didn’t believe in fighting, and the craziest thing is she died in a fight,” Stryminski continued.
What makes this story even more infuriating is that Amy died in a fight that happened at her school, not somewhere on the street. According to a report on this awful incident by local law enforcement officials, Amy went to her school restroom this past Thursday morning (April 21) around 8:15 p.m.
While in the restroom, Amy was confronted by another female student and was attacked. A fight between Amy and this female student subsequently ensued. As the fight escalated, several other students jumped into the fight and began to beat, stomp, and kick Amy simultaneously.
Local police were eventually called to the school. Unfortunately, they arrived after Amy had already been brutalized unconsciously. Paramedics also arrived at the scene to perform CPR on Amy. She was then airlifted to a nearby hospital where she pronounced dead soon after her arrival.
According to a police spokesperson, the whole incident occurred because of a fight over a teen boy. Police are also trying to find out if cell phone footage of the deadly incident was recorded by one of the student witnesses. So far, no arrests have been made and no one has come forward with enough information to help this death investigation, according to local Chicago news source ABC Channel 7.
However, Delaware Online reported on Friday (April 22nd) that Willmington police questioned several students at Howard about what they may have heard or saw.
“I’m so upset that the young lady lost her life today. Things like this shouldn’t happen,” Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams said at a recent news conference. “My heart bleeds for the family, the kids that go to this school, administrators and our city,” he continued.
Anyone with information, which could lead to an arrest in this tragic incident is urged to contact the Willmington Police Department at 302-654-5151.
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