Charges have been filed against 3 teens in the beating death of 16-year-old Amy Joyner-Francis. The honor roll student was viciously beaten in the bathroom of Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington, Delaware on April 21st.
Not only did her parents have to deal with the tragedy of losing their daughter have had to relive it daily. Her last conscious moments were memorialized in a the video of her brutal assault that has made it’s way around the internet. Joyner-Francis was ultimately knocked unconscious after a savage blow to the head when her assailant slammed her head into a sink.
Delaware Online has identified the 3 teens charged in the assault. 16-year-old Trinity Carr, seen beating Joyner-Francis and delivering the blow that rendered her unconscious, has been charged with criminally negligent homicide. If found guilty she could face up to 8 years in prison. Though she is a minor, due to the severity of the charges the Department of Justice is hoping to have her charged as an adult in Superior Court.
The other two teens charged are Zion Snow an Chakeira Wright. Both girls and have been charged with third-degree criminal conspiracy and will be tried in the juvenile court system. If found guilty they could serve less than a year in jail.
All three girls were placed on suspension from school after the assault that resulted in Joyner-Francis’ death.
Though Amy was savagely beaten by Carr, the autopsy showed it was not the brutal assault itself that killed Joyner-Francis. The Medical Examiner found that Amy died of “sudden cardiac death due to large atrial septal defect with a contributing factor of physical and emotional stress due to physical assault.” An autopsy showed she did not die of blunt force trauma injuries. Plainly speaking, she died after the assault caused her heart stress that aggravated a preexisting condition.
Amy Joyner-Francis was a sophomore at the time of her death, the honor roll student was also a manager of her school wrestling team. Charging documents show that the 3 girls pre-planned their attack on the teen, ambushing her as she entered a bathroom the following day.
Earlier today Wilmington Mayor Dennis P. Williams said in a statement:
What happened at Howard High School is a tragedy. From the beginning, the Wilmington Police Department and the Department of Justice worked hand and hand to determine the appropriate charges. This is just the first step toward providing Amy’s family and our community with closure. As this process moves forward, I ask that we keep the family and loved ones of everyone involved in our thoughts and prayers.
After Joyner-Francis was brutally beaten one of the derogatory social media posts started to surface including this one where it appears that a girl is bragging about being a part of Amy’s death.
When I searched the Instagram user I found 2 pages that belonged to the said user. The second was started after the first was supposedly “hacked”
A site Everpedia has pages up with information on the girls such as this one provided by an Urban Twist reader https://www.everipedia.com/trinity-carr/
It’s said that this tragic death was the result of an argument over a boy. What are we teaching our kids that they are willing to beat someone savagely, banging their head into things over such trivialities? Why did no one intervene? How did raise a generation of youth who will sit and watch something like this with their camera in their hand? What do you think about what happened to Amy Joyner-Francis?