Three Delaware girls accused of beating a classmate to death in a school fight have been removed from their high school.
The three teens who allegedly attacked and killed Amy Inita Joyner-Francis, 16, in an April 21 bathroom fight at Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington, Delaware, have officially been expelled from school, Delaware Online reports. District spokeswoman Kathy Demarest said on April 26 that the teens in question have not been in class since the deadly incident.
Wilmington Police Chief Bobby Cummings said criminal charges will be filed against the girls, likely by April 29.
"We did not want to rush to judgment," Cummings said in a statement on April 25, according to Delaware Online. "We would rather take our time to conduct this investigation the proper way. Charges will be filed, and individuals will be held accountable for their actions."
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Wilmington police said they are still interviewing witnesses and combing social media for more evidence. Investigators from the Delaware Department of Justice are currently assisting local police with the case.
Police have not yet released the cause of death or any further details about the assault.
Joyner-Francis was reportedly killed in a violent confrontation in the girls' bathroom on the morning of April 21. Several classmates said the girl had a calm personality and was a peacemaker who tried to break up fights.
"It's not like she even went in [the bathroom] to fight," Nik Stryminski, a classmate who knew Joyner-Francis, told Delaware Online. "She went in there to talk things out."
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Local community members held a candlelight vigil for Joyner-Francis on the day she was killed.
The deceased teen's family plans to hold a public service for her on May 1 at St. Paul UAME Church in Wilmington.