Trinity Carr: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Trinity Carr. (Twitter)

Three teen girls have been charged in the homicide of a 16-year-old high school girl who died after a fight in a Delaware high school bathroom, the state’s Department of Justice announced.

Amy Inita Joyner-Francis died April 21, 2016, after the incident at Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington.

Trinity Carr, 16, was charged with criminally negligent homicide, Attorney General Matt Denn said in a statement. Authorities plan to seek to have her prosecuted in adult court. Two other teens, Zion Snow and Chakeira Wright, were charged with third-degree criminal conspiracy.

“The individuals responsible for Amy Joyner-Francis’s death are minors, but they must be held accountable for their actions. DOJ’s goal in making a charging decision was to ensure that those persons responsible for Amy’s death are held responsible to the maximum degree permissible by Delaware law,” the DOJ said.

Joyner-Francis’ death spread quickly across social media, with #RIPAmy trending worldwide on Twitter on the day she died.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Carr Was the Only One of the Trio to Physically Assault Joyner-Francis, Prosecutors Say

Trinity Carr was the only one of the girls to physically assault Amy Joyner-Francis, according to the Department of Justice. The incident was a planned confrontation in the bathroom, prosecutors said.

Video obtained by investigators shows Carr hitting Joyner-Francis in the head and torso with a closed fist, Delaware Online reports. According to prosecutors, the video shows Carr leave the bathroom, while Joyner-Francis tries to stand-up, but seems disoriented and collapses to the floor.

The fight was recorded on a cell phone video. You can see a screenshot below:

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Initial reports indicated the fight was over a boy, but Joyner-Francis’ friends later disputed that. One of her friends, Kayla Sutrell, told Delaware Online that the victim said she was going to the bathroom on the morning of April 21 to “settle the beef.” Sutrell stressed the animosity had nothing to do with a boy.

Delaware Online reports that Joyner-Francis was rushed to A.I DuPont Hospital for Children in critical condition. She was pronounced dead en route.

The fight broke out after the bell rang and the students were in their classrooms. The school was dismissed after the incident.

2. Joyner-Francis Suffered Sudden Cardiac Death Because of a Heart Defect, But ‘Physical & Emotion Stress’ Was a Factor

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Amy Joyner-Francis. (Twitter)

The Delaware medical examiner’s office determined Joyner-Francis’ cause of death was “sudden cardiac death due to large atrial septal defect,” the Department of Justice says.

The medical examiner’s office said a contributing factor was “physical and emotional stress due to physical assault.”

The Department of Justice said, “The autopsy did not detect any internal injuries or significant blunt force injuries. In layman’s terms, the medical examiner determined that Amy died from a cardiac incident that she was vulnerable to because of a pre-existing heart condition, but the cardiac incident would not have occurred if she had not been assaulted.”

3. The Girls Allegedly Planned the Attack in the 20 Hours Before the Incident

Howard High School Wikipedia page

Howard High School. (Wikipedia)

The trio planned the assault through written and oral communications in the 20 hours before the attack, prosecutors said in court documents, according to Delaware Online.

Attorney General Matt Denn said the most serious charges possible were brought against the other two girls, Zion Snow and Chakeira Wright.

“Delaware law does not allow for a charge of conspiracy to commit negligent homicide. Therefore, Snow and Wright were charged with third degree criminal conspiracy, which is the highest level of criminal conspiracy allowed by law given the facts of this case,” the attorney general’s press release said. “Third degree criminal conspiracy is punishable by up to one year in prison. Because neither Snow nor Wright have any prior juvenile arrests or convictions, and because they did not physically assault Amy, they will be tried as juveniles in Family Court.”

4. The 3 Girls Were Suspended From School After the Incident

The three girls were suspended by Howard High School of Technology immediately after the incident, but were not charged until May 9.

On April 29, police said they were still investigating.

“Unlike TV, these (investigations) do take time,” Police Chief Bobby Cummings told reporters, according to Delaware Online. “There are over 3,000 print pages of data alone that must be painstakingly reviewed by investigators in this case.”

5. Carr Faces Up to 8 Years in Prison if She Is Found Guilty

Prosecutors will seek to have Carr tried as an adult in Superior Court, “because of the severity of the offense,” the Department of Justice said in its press release.

She faces up to eight years in prison on the criminally negligent homicide charge.




Kill all three of them animals plz. It will stop these kinds of things from happening again.

A Mother

I live in NC, have never met or heard of anyone involved but I have followed this story from the beginning. Although, I cannot and will not watch the video. I cannot imagine the grief that Amy’s family is going through. I could not bare the thought of my son dying much less for such stupidity. I despise what social media has done to these children today. They learn so much but do not have the mental development to PROCESS what they see and read on the internet. I can only hope that the three young and stupid girls’ hearts are as shattered as mine. I can only pray that they are grieving and that Trinity Carr sees Amy’s face every time she closes her eyes – no prison time time can equate to haunted dreams. That is, if she was born with a conscience…


I agree! This is absolutely devastating. The part about this whole situation that bothers me outside of this baby losing her life, is what these girls said on social media afterwards. They didn’t care. They had absolutely no remorse. How sickening…

Monica Whitney

Yes I totally agree the statements they post was no remorse at all for Amy and her family how can you be so cold hearted and say I’m glad she’s dead or she got what she deserve death is nothing I would wish on anyone

Deidra McIntyre

Well said. I agree with you. I cannot bare the thought of my son OR daughter dealing with such stupidity. It is important we do what we can as parents in monitoring social media. It is a difficult task. Social media should be SHUT down during the week. No access to read this mess. But what more…so sad. 8 years is nothing compared to the loss.

Lydia D.

Deidra McIntire: I cannot bear the thought of my child dealing with such stupidity either, that is why I’m not having a child and remaining child free; it is the best guarantee of protection I can provide to spare them from the stupidity, savagery and cruelty of mortal life in this world.


I agree totally. I do not know anyone involved but I do spend time in Delaware. I am not a parent but I am so very heart broken. I can not begin to imagine the grief that Amys family is going through. I did read the comments of those involved and I could not believe what I was reading. There was not remorse at all for what they did. And what is so alarming is that this is our future. And the charges that they were charged with and the time that they can receive is a insult to the family in addition to our justice system. When I think about all the mIle stones that Amy family will miss out on and Amy herself. Such as the prom graduation from high school and college. Growing into her own young lady getting married having children. And all the holidays with family and friends. It so very sad. And when you think of the time that these girls could receive is nothing. I will continue to follow this.


Best post ever!!!! Who gave her the right to put her nasty hands on Amy!!!! I’ll bet my last dime this was all due to JEALOUSLY!!! You can look at Trinity and tell she’s nothing but scum!!!!!


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