Amy Inita Joyner-Francis
According to media reports Friday, 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, The News-Journal reprots.
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.
‘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.
Kaya Wilson was in a stall when the fight broke out and spoke with the local news station after leaving school.
‘She was fighting a girl, and then that’s when all these other girls started banking her -like jumping her – and she hit her head on the sink,’ Wilson said.
Amy was flown to A.I. DuPont Children’s Hospital in critical condition, where she was later pronounced dead.The cause of death has not been confirmed
News media outlets quoted Police Chief Bobby Cummings as saying that two female 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’.
The councilwoman described the victim as ‘a wonderful human being’, adding that ‘her loss is a big void, not just in the family’.
Nathaniel Kenyatta, a freshman at the school, was friends with the victim and spoke to Delaware Online on Thursday.
He says he met her in a HVAC class and that she was an easy person to talk to.
‘She was very open,’ he said. ‘I feel bad for the people who have known her for years.’
A vigil was held for Amy on Thursday evening.
Her friends and neighbors knew her as the quiet teen who would focus on her homework.
Nik Stryminski told the News-Journal that Amy had kept him safe and out of a fight earlier this school year.