A 16-year-old girl succumbed to death following an assault inside the bathroom of a high school in Wilmington, Delaware.
The incident, which occurred shortly after 8:15 a.m. at the Howard High School of Technology, involved several other students. “There was an altercation that initially started between two people, and my understanding is that additional individuals joined in against the one person,” Gary Fullman, chief of staff to the Wilmington mayor, said.
The victim – identified by friends and classmates at a vigil on Thursday night as sophomore Amy Joyner – was severely wounded and airlifted to AI DuPont Hospital for Children but was pronounced dead, Fullman said, as reported by CNN. The cause of the fight has not been made clear. The results of the autopsy are awaited to determine the cause of death.
No charges have been filed yet, Fullman added, and two students are being questioned by the investigators. No weapon was used in the altercation, Wilmington Police Chief Bobby Cunningham said.
Shane Gallagher, of the wrestling team, said Joyner 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,” Gallagher said.
“That little girl got beat up inside of a bathroom,” activist Malcom Coley said. “How many of y’all stopped it? Did anybody stop it?”
Reports have emerged that the altercation may have occurred over a boy. It is also believed that the incident was captured by at least one student on their mobile phone.
“My heart is broken,” Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams said at the news conference. “I am so upset that a young lady lost her life today. Things like this shouldn’t happen. My heart bleeds for the family, the kids who go to this school and the administrators, and our city.”
As reported by 6abc.com, one girl, who said she was in a bathroom stall when the fight erupted, said, “She was fighting a girl and then that’s when all these other girls started banking her – like jumping on her.”
In a statement, the school district said, “This is not only an unspeakable tragedy for her family, but also for the school, and the entire community. We express our prayers and deepest sympathy to her family, who need your support and sensitivity at this time.”