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About three weeks ago, high school student Amy Joyner-Francis lost her life after she was involved in an altercation with three other girls in a women’s restroom at her school.  The three other females involved have now been formally charged in the death of 16-year-old Joyner-Francis.

Cell phone video footage from the incident has been investigated, helping officials identify the three girls involved.  The video of the attack shows Trinity Carr hitting Joyner-Francis in the chest multiple times with a closed fist.  Carr is being charged with criminally negligent homicide, and officials are asking for the 16-year-old to be tried as an adult.  Carr could face up to 8 years in prison if convicted.

The two other girls involved were identified as Zion Snow and Chakeira Wright.  Snow and Wright did not strike Joyner-Francis, but they are being charged with third-degree criminal conspiracy for allegedly helping plan the attack.  If found guilty, they could face up to one year in prison.

Officials say the cause of Joyner-Francis’ death was a “cardiac incident.”  Joyner-Francis suffered from a pre-existing heart condition called atrial septal defect, and officials say that the cardiac incident wouldn’t have happened if she wasn’t assaulted.

The three girls involved have been suspended from school since the incident happened.  Read more on the story here.

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