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Amy Inita Joyner-Francis ID'd as Girl Killed in School Restroom

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By    |   Friday, 22 Apr 2016 11:13 AM

Amy Inita Joyner-Francis has been identified as the 16-year-old girl who died after being critically injured in a high school restroom before classes began Thursday morning in Wilmington, Delaware.

People magazine reported that the 10th-grade victim was involved in a confrontation with at least two other students at the Howard High School of Technology.

Spokeswoman Kathy K. Demarest told The Associated Press
in a statement that no weapons were involved. Police are questioning the other students, Demarest said.

The girl had been flown to A.I. DuPont Children's Hospital in critical condition, police spokeswoman Sgt. Andrea Janvier said.

Student Kayla Wilson said she was in a stall in the girl's restroom when a disturbance broke out.

"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," Philadelphia TV station WPVI quoted Wilson as saying about the victim.

Neither Demarest nor police released the victim's name or would say how she died. Officers were first called to the school about 8:15 a.m. as students were arriving for the day, Demarest said.

Police Chief Bobby Cummings said Howard isn't known as a violent school, and he did not know of any other problems in recent days.

"My heart bleeds for the family," Mayor Dennis Williams told a news conference.

State agencies will help provide support for those affected by the tragedy, Gov. Jack Markell said in a statement.

Wilmington City Councilwoman Sherry Dorsey Walker said she has known the victim and her family for quite some time and had been asked by the family to speak on their behalf.

The family is asking for calm and prayers in the community, she said, not retaliation.

"They're just asking people to . . . be calm and pray for them," she said.

Dorsey Walker described the victim as "a wonderful human being."

"Her loss is a big void, not just in the family," she said.

Demarest said students were kept in their classrooms after the fight, and school was dismissed at 10:15 a.m.

A public forum for mayoral candidates to discuss public safety had been scheduled at the school Thursday evening. Debate host WHYY said on its website that the event had been canceled.

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