Amy Inita Joyner-Francis, the 16-year-old fatally assaulted in the girls bathroom at Howard High School of Technology, did not die of injuries sustained in the beating, but from a pre-existing heart condition exacerbated by the attack.
The state Attorney General’s Office is pushing to have one of three girls involved tried as an adult. Trinity Carr, 16, seen in video punching Joyner-Francis in the head and chest, is charged with criminally negligent homicide, punishable by up to eight years in prison.
The two other suspects in the case, Zion Snow and Chakeira Wright, could get up to a year in prison on charges of third-degree criminal conspiracy in connection with the assault. The charges stem from what authorities are calling a planned assault. In the 20 hours before Amy died, the three allegedly talked and wrote about what they wanted to do to her. Snow and Wright, neither of whom have criminal records, will be charged in juvenile court.
The deadly beating happened around 8:15 a.m. on April 21 inside one of the Wilmington school’s restrooms. Students told WPVI that the fight was over a boy. Joyner-Francis, was rushed in a state police helicopter to the A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children, where she died from her injuries.
“I am so upset that a young lady lost her life today, things like that shouldn’t happen,” Mayor Dennis Williams said in the hours after the shocking death. “My heart bleeds for the family, the kids that go to this school, the administrators and this city.