A 16-year-old girl died after she was assaulted at her Delaware high school,

authorities said.

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.

It's unclear what occurred during the fight. The girl’s name has not been released.

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,"

wrote one.

"May the 6 girls who killed this innocent soul over a boy get arrested and rot in jail for life,"

wrote another.

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.



Prince was the soundtrack of our lives, the inspiration for a generation of musicians. He was one of us. He was all of us.

And now he’s gone.

Hailed worldwide as a versatile musical genius, Prince Rogers Nelson died Thursday morning at his Paisley Park recording studio complex in Chanhassen. He was 57.

After a frantic 911 call from an unidentified male and female who said he appeared to be dead and that the people with him were “distraught,” emergency responders found Prince, unresponsive, in an elevator and were unable to revive him with CPR, the Carver County Sheriff’s Office reported. He was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m. The cause of death was not known. An autopsy will be conducted Friday by the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in Anoka County.

The news stunned fans from the Twin Cities to the nation’s capital, spreading around the globe within minutes. Mourners from President Obama to Mick Jagger paid respects and shared their sentiments, many awash in purple.

Minnesotans poured onto streets and into clubs into the night Thursday to mourn their prince. They huddled and cried in the rain outside his studio and at the First Avenue music club in Minneapolis, sharing stories about their personal encounters with the international superstar who still called Minnesota home. Just before 9 p.m., hundreds of people were hugging, weeping and dancing to his music outside First Avenue.

“His music brought untold joy to people all over the world. But in Minneapolis, it is different,” Mayor Betsy Hodges said. “It is harder here. Prince was a child of our city, and his love of his hometown permeated many of his songs. Our pride in his accomplishments permeates our love of Minneapolis. … Prince never left us, and we never left him.”

Condolences flooded social media. Legislators paused for a moment of silence at a hearing. Sports teams and corporations turned their social media pages purple. Maplewood-based 3M turned its logo purple and added a tear. Buildings and structures including the Interstate 35W bridge over the Mississippi River were bathed in purple light Thursday night.

Fans placed flowers and stuffed animals near a star bearing Prince’s name on the wall of First Avenue, a key venue in launching his career.

“Our hearts are broken,” First Avenue said on Facebook. “Prince was the Patron Saint of First Avenue. He grew up on this stage, and then commanded it, and he united our city.”

At the club, where Prince not only filmed the movie “Purple Rain,” but recorded the song of the same name and several more in concert, his influence on other musicians was still apparent on a daily basis. He was so closely tied to the club, many fans believed (erroneously) that he owned it.

“There’s not a day that goes by where we don’t hear a band playing one of his songs during sound check, or someone asks for a tour because of Prince or wants to come take a picture with his star on the wall,” said the club’s general manager, Nate Kranz. “We cannot overstate what he means to this club. He put it on the map internationally.”

Prince still hung out at First Avenue sporadically, including as recently as the Are You Local? showcase on Feb. 20, when he showed up to see the hot new R&B trio King. “It was always exciting, and always interesting, every time he walked into the room,” Kranz said.

The news of Prince’s death came less than a week after his private plane made an emergency landing early last Friday in Illinois as he was returning to the Twin Cities from two shows in Atlanta.

Afterward, a source close to Prince told the Star Tribune that the musician was dehydrated on the flight home. Prince himself sought to clarify the situation on Saturday, saying, “Wait a few days before you waste any prayers.”

Prince’s childhood friend and early bandmate André Cymone said he traded messages with him from Los Angeles last weekend after the reports of his illness.

“He said he was doing OK and we’d try to hook up next time he was in L.A.,” said Cymone, whose mother took Prince into her home in his midteens when his relationship with his parents became strained. “I’m just devastated now. I’m in utter disbelief. It’s such a tragedy.”

Publicist Martin Keller, who covered Prince as a journalist from the time the artist was 17, called him a “great inspiration for African-American kids anywhere, growing up in a broken home, pursuing what you want to do, becoming successful at it, building a wide world following.”

Keller said Prince was a “severe introvert” who grew from barely getting words out early in his career to becoming more articulate and press-friendly as he got older.

“Minnesota has never produced anyone like him and is not likely to again,” Keller said. “You just don’t get that in one artist.”


A Philadelphia father who was allegedly playing with a loaded gun is now charged with murder after the firearm went off, shooting his 4-year-old daughter in the head.

Maurice Phillips, 30, is charged with third-degree murder and related offenses.

Investigators have said that Phillips confessed to his role in the death of the girl, identified as Tahirah Phillips.

Neighbors held a rally for the 4-year-old on Monday night.


The incident happened at 2:25 p.m. Saturday in the 200 block of East Mayfield Street in the Kensington section.

Police say Tahirah was in a bedroom with her six siblings, ranging in age from 13 to 7 months old, when Phillips - who is the father of five of the children - came into the room.

He took out the gun and started playing with it and waving it around, according to investigators, and the gun went off. The bullet hit Tahirah in the head, killing her instantly.

"It was a stupid, idiotic act. He was completely reckless in doing this and, unfortunately, a 4-year-old lost her life," said Capt. James Clark of the Homicide Unit.

A detective who worked on the case told Action News that Phillips admitted he frequently played with the handgun that way, and with children in the room.

After the shooting, police say Phillips got off the bed and hit one of the children, a five-year-old, in the face with a closed fist and wiped blood from his hand onto her shirt, in an apparent effort to make it look as if the child was responsible.

Phillips hit the child, police say, to make it look as if she had been punished.

He then carried Tahirah to a bedroom and called his common law wife, telling her to come home. When she arrived, Phillips changed his clothes and fled but, police say, he later turned himself in to police.

After denying responsibility, police say he later told investigators what happened.

A small memorial grew outside the home after the shooting. One neighbor, Rachel Santana, said she comforted the mother moments after the child was killed.

"She was basically in shock," said Santana. "She kept saying, 'My baby, my baby,' and 'Oh my God, how'd that happen? I don't understand. My baby.' "

Santana says she's friends with the mom, but doesn't know much about the dad. She says she isn't surprised to hear people in the neighborhood would keep a weapon in their home.

"Some people know that it's wrong, but we live in such a bad society, especially here. It's really bad around here," said Santana. "People feel that they need to protect themselves at all costs, and it was just a tragic accident that happened."

The neighbors say the mom was very protective of her children, and she would only let them play in the backyard because she was afraid of the crime on the street.

"I said why don't you bring the kids out?" said neighbor Louise Sawyer, who tells us the mother's response was, " 'No I'm not bringing these kids out here with all this trouble.' "

"She was a sweet, loving, little girl," said family friend Crystal Dougherty. "She was full of life. She was always willing to help. She was a great big sister to her little brother."



Word is that Quilly is in the hospital recovering from gun shot wounds to the chest,

leg, and arm but that he will be okay...


 - Police are investigating a triple shooting that

happened overnight Sunday in West Oak Lane.

The incident occurred on the 6800 block of North Sydenham Street around 1:30 a.m.

According to police, a 19-year-old male was shot in the arm, a 35-year-old male was

shot in both legs, and a 29-year-old male was shot in the arm, chest, and leg – he is

in critical condition.

The two other victims are in stable condition. They are being questioned by police.

The three victims were transported by private vehicle to Einstein Medical Center.


A 4-year-old girl was shot and killed inside a home in North Philadelphia.

It happened Saturday along the 200 block of East Mayfield.

Police say the child was shot once in the face, and died at the scene.

Police say the young girl was shot one time in the head. Medics pronounced her

dead at the scene.

So far, no arrests have been made.


Upper Merion Township police are looking for a woman accused of kidnapping a

7-week-old baby boy from King of Prussia Mall.

Officers responded to the food court area of the mall around 5:35 p.m. Thursday

for a report of an abduction.

In a press conference Thursday night, Upper Merion Township Police Chief Tom

Nolan identified the infant boy as Ahsir Simmons. Shortly after an Amber Alert

was issued at 9:36 p.m.

Police say the suspect befriended the family of the boy, and spent about 30 minutes

with them in the mall's food court.

When the baby became fussy, police say the suspect was granted permission to hold

him while the child's mother took a phone call and dealt with other children in her care.

Police say the suspect then walked away with the baby. Police released a surveillance

image of the suspect carrying the baby while exiting the mall in the area by Bonefish Grill.

The suspect is described as a black female with a dark complexion, 25-30 years,

5 feet 2 inches, with a medium build. She was last seen wearing a long-sleeve, light-colored

shirt, dark pants and black sneakers, and carrying an orange purse.

The 7-week-old boy was last seen wearing an orange shirt and blue jeans.

Police say they have done searches at all the mall exits and all buses that were leaving.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 610-265-3232 or 911.


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