02:04 - Source: CNN
Family seeks answers in fifth-grader's death after fight
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Classmates of a South Carolina fifth-grade student who died after a fight at school will dress in pink and purple, her favorite colors, at a remembrance later this week.

Ten-year-old Raniya Wright died last Wednesday, two days after she was injured in a fight at Forest Hills Elementary School in Walterboro, about an hour’s drive west of Charleston. A number of questions remain unanswered, including what led to the confrontation between Raniya and another student.

Students will make posters and cards for Raniya’s family on Friday, Sean Gruber, a spokesman for the Colleton County School District, told CNN in an interview on Tuesday.

“It’s been very tough,” Gruber said.

The girl’s funeral is scheduled for Wednesday.

The district planned to release a letter on Tuesday informing students and teachers there is an ongoing investigation into the death.

Gruber declined to comment on that investigation or whether bullying played a role.

Raniya’s father, Jermaine Van Dyke, has made a public plea for answers about what happened to his daughter.

“I’m here today looking for justice for my daughter,” Van Dyke told reporters this week. “I want just to find out what happened, how it happened, and who was involved.”

There is no video from inside the classroom, but there is video from the hallway, according to Van Dyke’s attorney, Mark Peper.

Raniya’s parents have not seen that footage, Peper said. They plan to conduct their own investigation, which includes meeting with parents of children who were in the classroom where the fight occurred, according to Peper.

Autopsy results are expected to be released within the next 10 days, Peper said.

Raniya suffered serious injuries from what authorities say was a fight on March 25. The fight did not involve weapons, according to the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials said they stopped the fight, and Raniya was taken to the school nurse’s station. She was unconscious when paramedics arrived and took her to a nearby hospital, according to a sheriff’s department report. She was later airlifted to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, where she died.

After Raniya’s death, pink stuffed animals were laid at the entrance of her school.

CNN’s Darran Simon, Holly Yan and Susannah Cullinane contributed to this report.