Three Howard High School of Technology girls have been charged in the bathroom killing of Amy Joyner-Francis. The Wilmington, Delaware, teenagers have been charged with criminally negligent homicide and criminal conspiracy.
The three high school girls allegedly followed Amy Joyner-Francis, 16, into a school bathroom on April 22 and brutally beat her over a fuss about a boy.
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The three accused killers are Trinity Carr, Zion Snow, and Chakeira Wright. Carr was the only one of the teenagers to allegedly hit Amy Joyner-Francis. She will be charged as an adult on criminally negligent homicide. If convicted, she will face up to eight years behind bars.
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Zion Snow and Chakeira Wright have been charged with criminal conspiracy for the role they allegedly played in planning the beating in Joyner-Francis. If convicted, the Delaware teenagers being tried as juveniles will spend up to one year in prison.
The Amy Joyner-Francis autopsy report revealed the Howard High School student died from a “cardiac incident,” which originated from a pre-existing condition, ABC News reports. The cardiac attack was reportedly sparked by the trauma of the severe beating allegedly given by Trinity Carr. If Joyner-Francis had not been cornered in the Howard High School bathroom and attacked, the cardiac arrest would not have occurred, according to a Department of Justice media release.
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Fellow student Kaya Wilson was reportedly inside one of the bathroom stalls when the three girls approached Amy Joyner-Francis.
“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,” Wilson told the media.
Howard High School of Technology students who witnessed the fight say the beating occurred around 8:15 a.m. before the first bell for classes rang. Details about the reason for the attack are still murky, but the general consensus indicates a dispute over a boy sparked the fatal ordeal.
At some point during the Wilmington high school bathroom brawl, one of the three girls allegedly slammed Amy Joyner-Francis’ face into a sink. The badly beaten 16-year-old girl was flown to A.I. DuPon’t Children’s Hospital. She was deemed to be in critical condition and died later as a result of her injuries.
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As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Joyner-Francis was a well-liked girl at the Delaware high school. She was reportedly a good student and was the manager of Howard High School wrestling team. Students who spoke with local reporters said they were shocked that she would be the victim of a fight, noting she was known as a mature peacemaker in her group of friends.
During an interview with FOX29 reporters a day after his daughter was killed, grieving father Sonny Francis shared his thoughts about the shocking loss.
“I thought schools were a safe place. I think this is a dream and I’m trying to wake up. All I know is my daughter is gone. She was the love of my life and it hurts.”
After Trinity Carr, Zion Snow, and Chakeira Wright were suspended from school, the teenagers quickly realized they faced criminal consequences over the fatal bathroom fight, CBS News reports.
“Now they know they’re in very serious trouble and could spend a substantial amount of time in prison,” Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams said during a press conference. “My heart bleeds for the family,”
A preliminary hearing will soon be scheduled for the three high school girls who have been charged in the death of Amy Joyner-Francis.
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