A 16-year-old girl died after she was assaulted at her Delaware high school,
The deadly fight occurred after 8 a.m. Thursday inside a bathroom at Howard High
School of Technology in Wilmington. The slain student was identified as Amy Inita
Joyner-Francis, according to The News-Journal.
Detectives are interviewing two students considered persons of interest in the assault,
the News Journal reports. The girl — a 10th grader from New Castle — was flown to a
local hospital but was later pronounced dead.
Mayor Dennis Williams lost composure as he spoke about the student's death at a press
“My heart is broken,” he said.
"I'm so upset that the young lady lost her life today,” he continued. “Things like this
shouldn't happen. My heart bleeds for the family, the kids that go to this school,
administrators and our city.”
One witness said she was in a stall when the brawl erupted.
"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," the girl told WPVI-TV.
Amy was active on social media, pinning a tweet to the top of her Twitter page that read:
"I really wish I hadn't stuck by some ppl through all the bs they put me though because
I swear that s--t wasn't even worth it in the end."
A hashtag, #RIPAmy, was also trending on Twitter, with users lamenting the senseless loss
of life. Others wrote that the fight was over the boy and that it was possible one or more
recorded the sickening attack.
"a young lady who will never see another day because hher life was taken for granted,"
"May the 6 girls who killed this innocent soul over a boy get arrested and rot in jail for life,"
An autopsy is needed to determine cause of death, authorities said.
Students in ninth through 12th grades attend the vo-tech high school. Classes were canceled
after the fight.
A mayoral candidates forum, scheduled at the school for Thursday evening on the topic of
public safety, was canceled after the tragedy, officials.
Seven violent felonies were reported last year at Howard, The News Journal reported.