Apparently bogus GoFundMe using name of dead Wilmington student

(Nichelle Polston/WHYY)

(Nichelle Polston/WHYY)

A Wilmington City Council member is urging people not to donate to what seems to be a fake fundraising account for Amy Joyner-Francis,  the high school student who died after a school fight turned deadly.

Sherry Dorsey Walker, speaking on behalf of the victim’s family, said someone has created a GoFundMe account using Francis’ name, and it is fake. She added that the criminal act has upset family members.

“It is very disheartening that an individual would create a GoFundMe account that is not sanctioned by the family. Please understand that there is a loving family who is hurting after such a tragic loss,” Dorsey Walker said. “Please be respectful of the family and not use their loved one’s passing as an opportunity for capital gain.”

The 16-year-old victim and honor roll student was airlifted to the hospital after Thursday’s assault at Howard High School of Technology.  She died a short time later. The incident is now under investigation.

According to the Wilmington Police Department it involved a fight between multiple girls on the school’s property.  It’s still unclear what sparked the confrontation.

Meanwhile, the State of Delaware Attorney General’s Office and the State of Delaware Division of Forensic Science are also working with local police in search for answers.

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