A Delaware high school sophomore known for being a peacemaker died in a fight reportedly over a boy.
Amy Inita Joyner-Francis, or Amy Joyner as friends called her, passed away Thursday after being attacked by several classmates in a bathroom at Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington.
“She was fighting a girl and then that’s when all these other girls started banking her — like jumping on her,” said one student, who was in a stall when the fight broke out shortly after 8:15 a.m.
Shortly after the fight left her unconscious, medics arrived at the school and performed CPR on Joyner before the teen was taken on a stretcher and airlifted to A.I. duPont Hospital for Children. She was pronounced dead a short time later.
Joyner’s exact cause of death has yet to be determined pending an autopsy. But police reported that the fight may have been over a boy and that one or more students recorded the moments leading to her death on their cellphones.
Ironically, Joyner, the manager of the school’s wrestling team, was known to fellow classmates as a quiet, peaceful girl who didn’t hesitate to break up a fight.
“Whenever we had a problem, she would come to us and talk to us, and I never would've thought she would be the girl that would get killed like that,” said 10th grader Atiyya Wilkes, who attended a vigil for Joyner on Thursday night.
Nik Stryminski, one of Joyner’s classmates, remembered her fondly and recalled a time when she stopped an argument he was involved in with another student before it got violent.
“She wasn’t worried about herself. She was worried about me not fighting,” he said. “She didn’t believe in fighting, and the craziest thing is she died in a fight.”
Shane Gallagher, a member of the wrestling team, said, “She was real nice. She treated us like family and we treated her like family, and it hurts our hearts we can’t ever see her anymore.”
Two girls and several witnesses were interviewed at the Wilmington Police Department on Thursday but no charges have been announced.
“I’m so upset that the young lady lost her life today. Things like this shouldn’t happen,” Mayor Dennis Williams said. “My heart bleeds for the family, the kids that go to this school, administrators and our city.”
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