The family of Amy Joyner-Francis—the 16 year-old sophomore at Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington who died following a fight in the bathroom of her school in Delaware last Thursday—released a statement warning against online scammers who have launched fraud fundraising accounts in their name.
#RIPAmy: Everything We Know About The 16-Year-Old’s Death Following A School Fight
In the statement, released by the Wilmington Police Department, Amy’s brother, Anthony Joyner, writes,
“I mainly want to address media and social media in this statement. We are seeing many sick people out in the world who want to gain money and social fame off my family’s loss of Amy. We want everyone who is truly concerned for us not to fall victim to the scams going on out around the Internet. I am the only one on social media, any other family (her mother, father, or brothers) do not have accounts. She does not have a sister as someone is claiming to be. We have not set up and will not set up any fundraisers or go fund me accounts… so please do not lose your money or entertain the lies of these cruel people. Anyone who would like to make donations can in Amy’s name to the Congo Funeral Home in Wilmington.Thank you all for your love and support to my family in this time.”
In a press conference, Monday, Wilmington Police Chief Bobby Cummings stated, “We know that charges will be filed,” adding, “Individuals will be held accountable for their actions,” regarding the fight – involving at least three girls who have since been suspended from the school – that resulted in Amy’s death.
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