Vigil held for girl who died in elementary school fight

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WALTERBORO, S.C. (AP) — Residents of Walterboro, South Carolina, came together this week to honor a fifth grader who died from injuries she suffered in a fight at her elementary school.

The Post and Courier reports at least 200 people packed into Pinckney Park on Thursday night to pray for 10-year-old Raniya Wright. Wright was knocked unconscious Monday at Forest Hills Elementary School during a fight with another fifth grader and later died.

The circumstances surrounding the fight are unclear. Schools Superintendent Franklin Foster says student privacy laws and the ongoing investigation limit what information can be released. Authorities say more information may be released after Wright’s autopsy, which is set for Friday.

The newspaper says Walterboro is a small city where most residents know each other, making Wright’s death that much more devastating.

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