UPDATE: The 16-year-old student who died after being jumped in a high school bathroom on Thursday has been identified as Amy Francis-Joyner.
"I think this is a dream and I'm trying to wake up," Amy's father, Sonny Francis, reportedly told Fox 29 Philadelphia. "All I know is my daughter is gone. She was the love of my life and it hurts."
In the midst of being jumped by two other female students, a witness said Amy also hit her head on a sink.
While investigators have not confirmed details about a possible motive for this attack, it is speculated the fight was over a boy.
"I thought schools were a safe place," Francis said. "You drop your kids off and they would come home after school. Apparently, that's not the case with some schools now. Children are just out of control."
Amy was reportedly well-liked and known for breaking up fights, not being a part of them. She was even captain of the girl's wrestling team and aspired to attend college.
Her father said she showed no signs indicating she was having any issues at school.
After the victim was identified, the hashtag #RIPAmy began trending on Twitter with nearly everyone offering their condolences, expressing sadness, and voicing their disappointment in the fellow students who stood around watching and filming instead of intervening.
We live in a world where a 16 year old girl gets murdered by her classmates in a school bathroom while other classmates record it. #RIPAmy— Asha (@LaughableGirl) April 22, 2016
When the modern day bystander effect is being too busy trying to record a potential viral video. Seriously disgusting & shameful. #RIPAmy— Mykie (@Glam_And_Gore) April 22, 2016
A horrific tragedy has unfolded inside a high school bathroom in Wilmington, Delaware, and it’s left everyone shaken.
A 16-year-old girl, who went to Howard High School of Technology, died today after a large brawl erupted in the high school’s bathroom.
The name of the girl, who is said to have been a sophomore, was not released. Police said that they are awaiting the results of an autopsy before they can determine the exact cause of death.
Two teenage girls and a few other students are being interviewed at the Wilmington Police Department in relation to the case, but no charges have been announced.
During a press conference, Mayor Dennis Williams barely held his composure while talking about the brutal assault.
"I'm so upset that the young lady lost her life today. Things like this shouldn't happen. My heart bleeds for the family, the kids that go to this school, administrators, and our city," he said.
When police arrived on the scene, ABC6 News was able to capture footage of a medic team bringing the young teenager outside to perform CPR, then whisking her away on a stretcher in a state police helicopter. Unfortunately, she was pronounced dead when she arrived to the hospital.
Students at the school told ABC6 News that the fight broke between two teenage girls over a boy.
"She was fighting a girl and then that's when all these other girls started banking her — like jumping on her," one witness, who was in a stall at the time of the brawl, told ABC6 News.
The school called parents to pick up their children when police arrived, and administrators tried to keep parents, students and each other calm during the situation—but at the time, they didn’t realize the severity of the situation.
All classes have been canceled and the students were dismissed. The investigation is ongoing.
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