Community Gathers To Remember Amy Joyner-Francis
Hundreds of family and friends gathered on Sunday at St. Paul UAME Church in Wilmington to pay tribute to Amy Joyner-Francis, the 16-year-old student who died after she was brutally attacked in the bathroom of Howard High School on April 21.
After stating charges would be filed by the end of the week, Wilmington police chief Bobby Cummings held a press conference on Friday saying they were not ready to file charges yet.
Cummings said, “Unlike TV, these things do take time. There are over 3,000 print pages of data alone that must be painstakingly reviewed by investigators in this case.” He went on to add, “We all have an obligation to Amy’s family, to her classmates at Howard High School and to the community to present information to the public that is based on facts and not rumors.”
While a thorough investigation is necessary, patience in the community is understandably wearing thin.
“You can’t just have people do that anywhere and think ‘oh it’s ok, you’re just going to get a slap on the wrist and go on about their business,'” said Kevon Gray. “They got suspended. That was the problem right there, they should have been expelled.”
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