"There was an altercation that initially started between two people, and my understanding is that additional individuals joined in against the one person", said Gary Fullman, chief of staff to the Wilmington mayor.
Police did say a school resource officer called EMS at 8:18 a.m. Thursday for a student complaining of head and chest pain, and that the call quickly escalated to a report of CPR in progress.
Joyner-Francis was then airlifted by helicopter to AI duPont Hospital, where she later died from her injuries.
The cause of the death for the student is still unknown. City and school officials have expressed grief, with Mayor Dennis Williams almost breaking into tears at a news conference Thursday. "Things like this shouldn't happen".
Amy had a goal to attend college after her years at Howard High, Stryminksi said.
The family is asking for calm and prayers in the community, she said, not retaliation.
That's the image many of Amy's neighbors had of the 16-year-old who had just recently earned her driving learner's permit. A friend, Shytera Dawkins, told the News-Journal Joyner was energetic and bubbly and always had a smile on her face.
A country where youth violence has gotten so bad that a student can't even feel safe inside a girls' bathroom at high school.
"I've dealt with the details of a couple of dozen homicides, and they're all tragedies", Denn said. Amy would reassure her using simple encouragements, like "be strong", she said, but from her they were effective.
'If I were to have kids I'd want them to hang around someone like her'. Stryminski said that Joyner was always a mediator, often reaching out to fellow students to help them solve problems.
Officials say the teen died shortly after being in a fight with a few females inside one of the school's bathrooms. "A memorial page on Facebook was set up for Joyner-Francis and on Twitter the hashtag "#RIPAmy" began to circulate.
Some students recorded the incident on their cell phones.
Her father Sonny Francis told WTXF-TV he's cooperating with the investigation as he and Amy's mother try to cope with their loss. Cummings said he was not aware of any issues at the school in the days before the fight, and added that the school is not considered a violent one. Many programs are focused on young, black men in the city, but Chukwuocha said too often, organizations overlook the needs of young women. "I am just trying to find my grandson", parent Denise Dinkins told ABC 6 right after the fight took place.