Fake Crowdfunding Pages Exploit Family's Loss


The family of a Delaware teen who died after an alleged attack at a high school in Wilmington is facing another hardship.

Amy Joyner-Francis, 16, was reportedly assaulted in the bathroom of Howard High School of Technology on April 21. Officials say her wounds were so severe she had to be airlifted to hospital, where she died.

There have been reports of people setting up fake pages, pretending to be one of Amy’s family members, to scam people out of money, reports CBS News.

The Wilmington Police Department issued a statement on behalf of the family that criticized social media users who, “want to gain money and social fame,” off the family’s loss.

“They are fake pages and accounts are spreading hateful lies, so please do not lose your money or entertain the lies of these cruel people,” Anthony Joyner, Amy’s brother, said.

Someone even pretended to be Amy’s sister, even though Amy did not have a sister. Anthony says the family never had and will not have any crowdfunding pages or fundraisers. Anyone who wishes to make a donation in Amy’s name can visit the Congo Funeral Home in Wilmington, according to KYW.

Anthony warned supporters that, “they should not fall victim to the scams going on around the Internet.” He said other family members do not have social media accounts and he is the only one who does. “All others will be fake,” he said.

The Department of Justice released the following statement regarding the investigation:

“Prosecutors from the Department of Justice are continuing to provide support to the Wilmington Police Department’s investigation of the death of Amy Inita Joyner-Francis.  That investigation is ongoing, and includes multiple witness interviews, reviews of physical evidence, communication devices, and social media posts, and consultation with the Delaware Division of Forensic Science.  Decisions about criminal charges will be made when the investigation is complete.”

A parent at Howard High School of Technology, Sonja Capers, said, “They need to stop this and they need to be arrested too, cause why you all doing this?”

Sources: KYW, CBS News / Photo credit: Screenshot via CBS News

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