Wilmington, Del. police officials are expected to file charges against the students involved in the fatal beating of 16-year-old Amy Inita Joyner-Francis at Howard High School of Technology. The fight was filmed on cell phone video, and police have identified three persons of interest who they plan to charge by the end of the week.
Police Chief Bobby Cummings said that despite video evidence and incriminating social media posts, he didn’t want to botch the investigation by moving too quickly.
“One of the things we did not want to do is rush to judgment and press charges that could possibly be overturned,” he said during a town hall meeting on Monday night.
On Thursday, Joyner-Francis died after facing off with several girls in a school bathroom. Though many initially thought the altercation was over a boy, Joyner-Francis’ friends said that’s not what started the fight.
The teen has been described as a quiet, good student, and her friends and family are struggling to cope with her tragic death.
In spite of the viciousness of the beating, Cummings said he doesn’t believe the girls set out to kill Joyner-Francis when they began fighting.
“I don’t know that they truly understood their actions but there are heavy consequences they will have to pay as a result of this,” he said.